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July 2015 update from the Company Officer Leadership Committee

Featured Items

2015 Company Officer Podcast Series - Listen to officers of various ranks and experience levels share insight and guidance on how to develop professionally as a company officer.

  • The Benefits of Credentialing for the Company Officer (mp3) - Chief Reggie Freeman (Lockheed Martin Aeronautics FD - Fort Worth, Tx.) discusses how credentialing will help ensure that the 21st century company officer has the requisite skill set to successfully lead at both the company and organizational levels.
  • "Cancer in the Fire Service" - coming soon

Articles by IAFC Company Officer members

"Any Call Any Time" - July 2015 - by Captain Joe Bradley

"Regional Collaboration" (pdf) - July 2015 - by Lieutenant Randall Hanifen

"Principles of Effective Organizational Structures" – June 2015 – by Lieutenant Chris Divver

"Building Equity at the Kitchen Table" – May 2015 – by Lieutenant Chris Divver

"Relevant to the Community" - April 2015 - by Captain Mike Jaffa

"Avoiding Complacency in your Leadership Role" - March 2015 - by Captain Jonathan Messick

"Saving Firefighters from Themselves" - January 2015 - by Captain Demond Simmons


Additional Resources

Company Officer Mentor Program - IAFC company officer members - choose a chief officer or company officer as a mentor and start learning from an expert who wants to share and help you grow.

Company Officer Leadership Symposium (COLS) - an intense, 3-day program providing company officers with valuable skills and knowledge required to stay ahead and grow as a leader. Graduating from the program demonstrates exceptional professional growth for promotional assessments. The next COLS session will be held at FRI 2015 in Atlanta. IAFC members save up to $100 on registration. Check out these tips to justify your attendance (pdf).

IAFC Officer Development Handbook - a great resource for present and future leaders, this handbook has over 60 pages of valuable information and recommendations for career advancement with an emphasis on leadership competencies through all four levels of officer development. All COLS attendees receive complimentary copies of this handbook.

Company Officer Leadership Committee eNewsletter

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Company Officer Leadership Committee

Created in March 2012, the mission of the IAFC Company Officer Leadership Committee is to:

  • Integrate and grow company officer engagement within the work of the IAFC
  • Help company officers develop the leadership skills to meet today's challenges
  • Prepare them for promotion to chief officer in the future

Get Engaged

  • Read the latest insight from a fellow company officer and IAFC member in the company officer leadership column in On Scene.
  • Participate in the company officer members-only discussion forum on IAFC KnowledgeNet.
  • Join an IAFC special interest section. You'll gain in-depth knowledge on specialized topics from others with common interests.

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