Shaping the Future W0602

Course available only during NFA Sponsored State Weekends
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 service administration.

This is two-day course is designed to assist first- and second-level supervisors and Company Officers (COs) in developing knowledge and skills in contemporary approaches to organizational problem-solving.

Topics include:

  • Use of creative approaches to identifying trends within their organizations.
  • Applying problem-solving methodologies.
  • The importance and application of continuous improvement within organizations.
  • How to quantify problems and solutions.
  • Factors in organizational and individual resistance to change.
  • Strategies for implementing change.

The course incorporates facilitated, student-centered methodologies, including lecture, small and large group activities, and individual assessments.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus:

Selection criteria

  • First- and second-level supervisors and COs who are upwardly mobile within their organizations and whose department head wishes to prepare them for increased managerial responsibility.
  • Administrative officers who are responsible for significant staff functions within the organization and who report directly to top management.
  • Emergency service workers assigned to positions with decision-making responsibilities.


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.

Post-course requirements


Upcoming offerings

Submit FEMA Form 119-25-2 to the contact(s) listed below for the course offering you are interested in attending.
Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP Train-the-Trainer?
March 23 - 24, 2019 Emmitsburg, Maryland

John B. Gilmore Jr.
State Fire Training Director
Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services Office of Fire Prevention & Control

Brian Benstead
Deputy Chief of Fire Operations & Training
Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services Office of Fire Prevention & Control

Course coordination plan
March 30 - 31, 2019 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Wade Walling
Training Program Manager
Indiana Department of Homeland Security

Course coordination plan
June 8 - 9, 2019 Emmitsburg, Maryland
June 29 - 30, 2019 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Jack Smith
Ohio Fire Academy

Course coordination plan
July 27 - 28, 2019 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Student comments

This course has established a new paradigm for leaders to help embrace change in managing their operations. Good class to prepare for the Managing Officer Program.