Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District Chief Dennis Reilly has joined the elite of his profession as a credentialed Chief Fire Officer. The nationally recognized designation is issued by the Center for Public Safety Excellence in Chantilly, Virginia.

Only about 2,000 fire chiefs nationwide hold the coveted CFO. There are more than 6,000 chief officers in the state of Missouri alone.

The CFO program requires documentation of a wide range of fire-fighting and management skills including long-range planning, financial management, organizational designation and human resources management. Chief Reilly has been CFO certified since 2014. Recertification is required every three years.

Chief Reilly is committed to excellence in all phases of SBFPD operations and that includes maintaining his own skills at the highest level. “My goal is to develop and maintain the skills I need to provide the best possible leadership for my organization and the citizens of the district who I proudly serve,” Reilly said.

The SBFPD covers more than 60 square miles on and around the Lake of the Ozarks in northern Camden and southern Morgan counties. The district has two staffed stations and 17 fulltime firefighters. The district responds to more than 700 emergency calls, including medical and injury related incidents, each year.