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New Fire Chief: Challenging Issues F0760

Training Specialist

Keith Heckler

Delivery type

2-day off-campus

Continuing education units


ACE recommendation

Pending (ACE Review): In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in fire administration.

This 2-day course is designed to develop the managerial, administrative and leadership skills necessary for the first-time fire chief or chief officer who desires a leadership position in their department. This course addresses critical knowledge and skills pertaining to the responsibilities of a fire chief.

Topics covered include:

  • Local politics and the role of the chief officer.
  • Liability and risk management.
  • Resources and items of knowledge needed to become a first-time leader in a new position in an agency.

Pre-course materials and course syllabus

Instructions to Download Student Manual: PDF 73KB
Course Syllabus: PDF 103KB

The primary candidates for this course include new or emerging chief officers in a volunteer or combination fire department or emergency service organization.

The secondary candidates are new career chiefs, department leaders or emerging leaders of a fire department or emergency service organization.

This course is open to all interested emergency services personnel, including volunteer, career and allied professionals.

The class is intended primarily for those who have served or will begin to serve soon in leadership positions and who seek to learn more effective ways of managing and leading their agency.

Upcoming offerings

Email or call the official under Contact(s) if you are interested in attending a course.
Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
May 6 - 7, 2023 Warrenton, Virginia
Charlotte Green
Executive Assistant
Virginia Department of Fire Programs
Jamey Brads
Chief of Training and Operations
Virginia Department of Fire Programs
Dale Kidwell
Battalion Chief
Fauquier County Fire & Rescue