Leadership Education for Company and Chief Officers

Step into the forefront of fire service leadership with The FLC’s LEAD Series. After years of offering leadership education FLC has developed a certificate program incorporating the feedback of current leaders, educators and attendees.

The LEAD (Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy and Development) Series is dynamic, robust and essential for fire service leaders looking to meet their professional development goals, grow as leaders in their department and serve the evolving needs of their communities.

The Company Officer and Chief Officer tracks have two levels each and one level of each track will be offered annually at FLC. Participants must attend two years of FLC to complete each track. Upon completion of each level attendees will get a certificate, custom challenge coin and pin to reflect their accomplishment.

The LEAD Series Difference

Experience the LEAD Series difference:

  • Year-round engagement through cohort style learning groups to continue learning and networking beyond the conference
  • National leadership presenters and sessions including leadership development with Echelon Front
  • 4 days of leadership education with meals and networking events included each day
  • Certificate of completion for career advancement, plus a custom challenge coin and pin 

Why Attend

  • Experience forward-thinking leadership education designed to level-up leaders at all ranks
  • Expand your expertise and gain valuable new skills
  • Collaborate with like-minded leaders and grow your network of peers
  • Learn leadership strategies to motivate and enhance your team

Who Should Attend

  • The Company Officer track is targeted towards Firefighters and Company Officers
  • The Chief Officer track is designed for all levels of Chief Officer, from Battalion Chief to Fire Chief, and those aspiring to a Chief rank
  • All courses are designed for those who have professional development goals tied to their reviews and promotional opportunities
  • The LEAD Series is for those looking to be inspired and lead at the highest level while motivating others to do the same

Program Change for 2024

After many years of offering the IAFC's Officer Development Program it's moving in a new direction and will no longer be offered at FLC. 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. Through the LEAD Series we will continue to provide the exceptional leadership courses, speakers and networking that have become synonymous with our conference.

If you have specific questions regarding the continuation of your specific professional development needs, please email Michelle Biersner at michelle@cofirechiefs.org