Guam Fire Department’s top officials awarded with professional designations


The Guam Fire Department recognized two firefighters with a distinguished award that only 1,204 individuals receive worldwide. 

Press Release – The Guam Fire Department’s Fire Chief Joey San Nicolas and Fire Marshal Joey Manibusan have been awarded the professional designation of “Chief Fire Officer” (CFO).  San Nicolas and Manibusan are two of only 1,204 worldwide to receive the designation. Manibusan also was awarded the designation of “Fire Marshal,” making him one of only 116 to receive the designation.

“There are more than a million firefighters in the United States alone, and only a handful of those firefighters can say they received professional designations of Chief Fire Officer and Fire Marshal,” the Governor said. “Chief Joey San Nicolas and Fire Marshal Joey Manibusan have earned this recognition through their hard work and dedication to our island. They are a testament of the caliber of our island’s firefighters.”

The Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) met on Dec. 13, 2016 to officially confer the designations upon San Nicolas and Manibusan. The designation program uses a comprehensive peer review model designed to evaluate individuals who demonstrate their excellence in several components including experience, education, professional development, professional contributions, technical competencies and community involvement.

“Training and certification are an important part of ensuring our firefighters are properly prepared for any challenges or demands they may meet on the job, and is very essential at the Chief Officers level,” Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio said. “These designations recognize Chief San Nicolas and Fire Marshal Manibusan’s dedication to their profession.”


A board of review made up of members of the fire and emergency services profession reviews each application and recommends successful candidates for designation to the commission.  The CPC consists of individuals from academia, federal and local government, and the fire and emergency medical services profession.  To learn more about CPC, visit