New Fire Chief: Challenging Issues W0760

Course only available to on-campus weekend program students.
Curriculum: Leadership and Executive Development
Training Specialist

Kevin Brame

Delivery type
2-day on-campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, one semester hour in fire science.

This two-day course is designed to develop the managerial, administrative and leadership skills necessary for the first time fire chief and chief officer who desire 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 his or her agency.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus:

Selection criteria

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.


ICS 100 level and ICS 200 level training. Preferred courses are Q462 and Q463 available through NFA Online. Chief's signature attests that the applicant has completed required training.

Post-course requirements


Upcoming offerings

Virginia and North Carolina: Submit FEMA Form 119-25-2 to the contact(s) listed below for the course offering you are interested in attending. All other states: Apply online.
Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP Train-the-Trainer?
July 11 - 12, 2020 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Mike Dunlap
Education Specialist/SC NFA State Coordinator
SC State Fire Academy

Bonita Watters
Manager of Curriculum
SC State Fire Academy

Course coordination plan
July 11 - 12, 2020 Cancelled Emmitsburg, Maryland

Tina Marie Ahlborg
Clerk Secretary
Rhode Island State Fire Training Academy

Mark A. St. Pierre
Rhode Island State Fire Training Academy

Course coordination plan
July 18 - 19, 2020 Emmitsburg, Maryland

TJ Richardson
Fire Fighter Training Division Region Supervisor
Bureau of Fire Services - Fire Fighter Training Division

Dan Hammerberg
Fire Fighter Training Division Region Supervisor
Bureau of Fire Services - Fire Fighter Training Division

Jeni Binkley
Michigan State Firemen's Association

Course coordination plan