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MONDAY, APRIL 23 1: 30 P.M.-5: 30 P.M.
Leadership in the Real World
Battalion Chief (Ret.) Robert Burns, Fire Department of New York
Effective leadership is not just a function of understanding academic
theories and textbook definitions. Real leadership takes courage,
motivation, and skill to translate these theories into actions that
are effective in today’s fire service culture. Unlike many leadership
programs that only describe the characteristics and traits leaders
should possess, this workshop combines cutting-edge theories with
skills and behaviors students will be able to use “on the job” in their
departments every day. The curriculum is modeled after the time-tested leadership training programs attended by officers in the Fire
Department of New York on promotion to lieutenant and captain.
Mastering the Fire Department
District Chief Michael Barakey, Virginia Beach
(VA) Fire Department
Fire department assessment centers are challenging. Most fire
departments offer promotional assessment centers annually or every
two years. Assessment centers are used for all ranks, from competing
to be a first-line supervisor—lieutenant, captain, or sergeant—to
competing for a mid/senior level officer—battalion/assistant
chief. Most fire departments contract with vendors or delegate the
assessment center to city/county human resources departments.
These assessment centers are designed by nonfirefighters; yet the
only way to be promoted, especially in civil service, is by winning at
your assessment center. It is a “game,” and the only way to “win”
is to understand the rules, prepare, and execute. This workshop
will prepare you for the grueling assessment center process and
provide you with the opportunity to know “how” and “why” you
are being assessed. The process is predictable and learnable.
Politics and Problems: The Chief
Ofcer’s Basic Job
Chief (Ret.) Richard Marinucci, Farmington Hills
(MI) Fire Department
Problems are part of every officer’s day. Some are fun to deal with;
others a minor inconvenience; and some can ruin your day, week,
or month. There are “routine” problems that need to get addressed
and major issues that require the proper solution. Problem solving is
a learned skill, and officers get better with experience and practice,
just as they do with everything else. The ability to solve problems
effectively will affect your career. The better you are at it, the more
success you will have on your job. This workshop presents strategies
and tactics that will assist in developing this skill. Also, problems are
not only relegated to the office; they also occur on the emergency
scene. The only difference is that they must be resolved more quickly.
The challenges of these issues are discussed and methodologies are
presented for making faster and better decisions that resolve problems.
Safety Leadership: From the
Firehouse to the Fireground
Chief Ron Kanterman, Wilton (CT) Fire Department
This workshop delves into the responsibilities for safety and health
across all ranks of the fire service, emphasizing good industry practices
and using leadership techniques to accomplish goals. Teaching,
demonstrating, and “walking the talk” of safety and health in the
firehouse and at the emergency scene are discussed. You can reinforce
good safety practices in many ways. There is no one way to get to the
end safely; therefore, the emphasis is on options and, more importantly,
“safety systems” in pulling together different facets and thought
processes. The research ongoing in health and safety and ways to
implement programs in your department are addressed. You will leave
with a “safety toolbox” to enhance your existing program or start one.
Seven C’s of Fire Ofcer Trust
Chief John Alston, New Haven (CT) Fire Department
This class draws on several disciplines to aid participants in identifying
the key characteristics of successful officers and managers.
Through discussion and activities, the participants are introduced
to seven traits critical to professional growth. Among the issues
covered are barriers that hinder cultural change, transforming
from firefighter to fire officer, and shaping the future.