Title: State of Indiana Lead Advocate
Company: National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF)
Location: Sheridan, Indiana, United States
Josh Southerland, State of Indiana lead advocate at National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in firefighting.
With over 20 years of experience to his credit, Mr. Southerland has excelled as state of Indiana lead advocate at the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. He began his career as a mechanic at United Feed Transit from 2002 to 2007. He served as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician in City of Westfield Fire Department from 2003 to 2007. He worked as a firefighter at the aforementioned department since 2008.
Before embarking on his professional path, Mr. Southerland pursued an education at the Lincoln Technical Institute where he received a diploma in diesel and truck technology in 2002. He continued his academic efforts at Columbia Southern University, graduating with an associate degree in fire science and firefighting in 2020 and then a bachelor’s degree in fire administration in 2022. Currently, he is pursuing a master’s degree in fire executive leadership and public administration. He holds certifications in firefighting, fire investigation, and health and safety from various organizations including the Fire Department Safety Officers Association, and the State of Indiana.
In addition to his primary vocation, Mr. Southerland remains affiliated with various organizations in relation to his areas of expertise. He volunteered with the National Memorial Weekend and the Comfort Zone Camp. He held the role of State of Indiana Lead Advocate and State of Indiana Advocate with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
In light of his impressive undertakings, Mr. Southerland has accrued several accolades throughout his career. The City of Westfield Fire Department presented him with the Distinguished Service Award, the Fire Officer of the Year Award, and the Community Service Award. He was one of 12 individuals selected as the Future Leaders of the Fire Service by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in 2021 and trusted with leading the State of Indiana’s “Every One Gets Home” Program.
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