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Officer Development and Leadership Success in the Volunteer Fire Service

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Classroom Sessions

This class focuses on the unique challenges volunteer fire officers face on the firematic (operations) side of the organization as well as the often-forgotten administrative side. Far too many officers are simply elected or appointed and receive very little or no training and are left to “fend for themselves’ as they try to earn respect and gain the confidence of their membership while trying to learn about the jobs they are expected to perform. In addition, they are also expected to become instant leaders within their organization and provide immediate solutions for any challenges or problems brought to their attention. Aspiring officers will learn ideas that can assist them in gaining support from their fellow members and help them earn appointment to office or win that dreaded volunteer fire department election. Useful tips and information are provided to newly promoted officers that that will help them get off to a successful start and begin earning credibility and respect while at the same time developing competence and gaining confidence in their new role. The class focuses on eight proven leadership disciplines that all fire department members can use to create and maintain a more unified and harmonious operation.

Speakers
Thomas Merrill, Fire Commissioner/Past Chief - Snyder (NY) Fire Department

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