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Leadership in Supervision N0645

Training Specialist

Ed Kensler

Delivery type

6-day off-campus

Continuing education units


ACE recommendation

In the upper-division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in leadership.

This 6-day course is the combination of the 3 2-day courses within the Leadership in Supervision series: "Creating Environments for Professional Growth" (F/O/W0646), "Perspectives in Thinking" (F/O/W0647), and "Frameworks to Success" (F/O/W0648).

This series presents the fire and emergency medical services (EMS) supervisor with the basic leadership skills and tools needed to perform effectively in the fire and EMS environment, to successfully transition to supervisory and leadership roles, and establish a conceptual foundation and framework for success in leadership roles by exploring creative, analytical, political and critical thinking perspectives.

Topics in the course include: adaptive leadership, change management, active followership, effective communication including difficult conversations, advocacy-inquiry-based dialogue and persuasion, ethics, authority, power, decision-making, assessing situations from multiple perspectives, fostering creativity and innovation, professionalism, resilience, emotional intelligence, situational awareness, managing conflict, delegating, mentoring, coaching, empowerment, and building collaboration and synergy for professional growth.

The course includes the development of a personal plan for active engagement in the provision of leadership in supervision.

This course meets the requirements of the Managing Officer Program for completion of Leadership I, II and III.

Pre-course materials and course syllabus

Welcome Letter, BYOD Instructions: PDF 199KB
Course Syllabus: PDF 144KB

  • The primary target audience is 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

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Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
August 12 - 15, 2024 Cancelled Fort McDowell, Arizona
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Fire Marshal
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Carlos Flores
Fire Chief
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Fire Marshal
Salt River Fire Department
August 18 - 23, 2024 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Daniel Copeland
Training Instructor
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October 13 - 18, 2024 Rescue, California
Kirsten Fonseca
Staff Services Analyst
CAL Fire State Fire Training
Chris Fowler
DSFM Supervisor
CAL Fire State Fire
Brett Jones
Fire Captain/Training Officer
Rescue Fire Department
October 21 - 26, 2024 West Des Moines, Iowa
Don Minks
Special Programs Manager
Fire Service Training Bureau
Jess Dunn
Bureau Chief
Fire Service Training Bureau
Scott McFarland
Deputy Chief
West Des Moines Fire Department
December 2 - 7, 2024 Pharr, Texas
Dallas Renfrew
Regional Manager
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
Chris Angerer
Acting Division Director
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
Pedro Bustamante
Captain of Training & Compliance
City of Pharr Fire Department
April 7 - 12, 2025 Magnolia, Texas
Jason Jackson
Regional Manager
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)
Chris Angerer
Acting Division Director
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)
Jason Herrman
Division Chief
Magnolia Fire Department
May 12 - 17, 2025 Brunswick, Maine
James A. graves
Fire Training Director
Maine Fire Service Institute
James E. Roy
Deputy Director
Maine Fire Service Institute
May 18 - 23, 2025 Norfolk, Virginia
Charlotte Green
Executive Assistant
Virginia Department of Fire Programs
Jamey Brads
Chief of Training and Operations
Virginia Department of Fire Programs
Jarrod Sergi
Norfolk Fire and Rescue