Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What does LEAD stand for?

L – Leadership

E – Empowerment

A – Advocacy

D – Development

When the CSFC Executive Committee and Program Planning began developing this series, we wanted a strong acronym that embodied what this program will deliver and how it will be continue to develop our officers and achieve their professional development goals.


Why are we no longer offering the IAFC Officer Development Program?

With the IAFC changing the structure, delivery and requirements of their Officer Development Program, the leadership from CSFC, DFPC, CPFF and FMAC along with the FLC Program Planning Committee has decided to develop the LEAD Series and will no longer offer the IAFC ODP in Keystone.


What if I only have one year left to complete an IAFC ODP Program can I still get credit at Fire Leadership Challenge by participating in the LEAD Series?

We understand many attendees have this program as a part of your professional development goals.  With that, the LEAD Series will continue to offer the exceptional education you require to meet your goals. If you are finishing an ODP program and attending FLC, we will provide credit for your years of participation in the IAFC ODP program at Fire Leadership Challenge and provide a LEAD Series Certificate of Participation and Completion in the Company Officer or Chief Series. Similarly, you will receive a coin and pin upon completion to reflect your years of professional development excellence.

What does the LEAD Series offer?

  • Comprehensive Tracks: The series has two tracks, Company Officer and Chief Officer, each track consisting of two levels. One level of each track will be offered annually at FLC. Participants must attend two years of FLC to complete each track in no specific order.
  • NEW: Year-Round Engagement: Engage in cohort-style learning groups to foster continuous learning and networking beyond the conference.
  • National Leadership Presenters: Benefit from sessions featuring renowned presenters from the fire service, as well as outside leadership experts. 
  • Four Days of Immersive Learning: Deep dive into a wide variety of leadership topics over 4 days, plus meals and networking events included every day. 
  • Certificate of Completion & Coin: If continuing education is written into your performance plan, then this is the education series for you! All participants will receive certificates of participation for each year along with a certificate of completion to show their dedication to leadership growth.  In addition, you will receive custom coins and a pin to reflect your accomplishment in finishing each series.
  • “All Inclusive” Experience:  Along with offering a robust leadership program, FLC is well known for its “all inclusive” experience offering:  3 networking events, 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, breaks in between workshops and more.  No other conference provides the level of education, quality food & beverage, and networking that FLC does!  Lodging is booked separately at discounted group rates from standard rooms to 4-bedroom condos right on property.