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Leadership in Supervision: Creating Environments for Professional Growth W0646

Training Specialist

Ed Kensler

Delivery type

2-day on-campus

Continuing education units


ACE recommendation

In the lower-division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in leadership and management theories.

Course only available to on-campus weekend program students.

This 2-day course presents the supervisor with the basic leadership skills and tools needed to perform effectively in the fire and emergency medical services (EMS) environment. The course includes concepts related to a successful transition to supervisory and leadership roles, including concepts of adaptive leadership; change management; active followership; effective communication, including difficult conversations and advocacy-inquiry-based dialogue; ethics; authority; power; decision-making; and active engagement through development of a personal plan.

Pre-course materials and course syllabus

Instructions to Download Student Manual: PDF 109KB
Syllabus: PDF 114KB

The primary target audience for this course are those individuals who are at the first-line level of supervision. For purposes of student selection, first-line level is considered to be those at the Company Officer or Unit (fire prevention, fire education, communications, EMS, etc.) Supervisor level.

More specifically, primary selection criteria are as follows:

  • First-line supervisors in fire and EMS organizations.
  • Fire and EMS personnel due for promotion/appointment to a first-line supervisory position within 18 months.
  • Fire and EMS personnel who are regularly assigned acting supervisory positions.

Fire and EMS personnel currently enrolled in the National Fire Academy Managing Officer Program will be provided priority selection.

The secondary target audiences are fire and EMS personnel at the first-line management level (Chief Officer or above). Students at this level may be given consideration on a space-available basis.

Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online. Chief's signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.

Upcoming offerings

Interested in attending a State or National Weekend Program course?

Apply online
Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
April 27 - 28, 2024 Cancelled Emmitsburg, Maryland
James A. Graves
Maine Fire Service Institute
James E Roy
Deputy Director
Maine Fire Service Institute
Paul Froman
Maine State Weekend Coordinator
Southern Maine Community College
June 15 - 16, 2024
Women in Fire
Emmitsburg, Maryland
August 3 - 4, 2024 Emmitsburg, Maryland
John Shafer
Indiana Fire Academy
Jim Campbell
NFA State Contact
Indiana Department of Homeland Security
John Shafer
Indiana Fire Academy