Company Officers Section

Whether you're a new, experienced or aspiring company officer, make the IAFC your top-of-mind resource for leadership skills training, knowledge resources and networking. Visit often for educational opportunities and IAFC developments affecting company officers along with easy ways to connect with fellow leaders.

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One great way to connect is through the IAFC Company Officers Section (COS)!

Mission of the COS: To provide information, education, services and representation to company officers to enhance their professionalism and service to community.

Section bylaws

View our 3-year strategic plan

Join COS

IAFC members of all ranks are welcome to join. Section dues are $25 annually.

Join the IAFC and COS

Get details on IAFC membership types and join the IAFC and the Company Officers Section today.


Already an IAFC member?

Add COS when you renew or by contacting the IAFC at or 866-385-9110 (toll free, ask for member services). Request an invoice or pay by phone with a credit card.

Professional Development Resources

Firefighter to Supervisory Fire Officer Transition Plan

This whitepaper created by members of the COS Board was released at FRI 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. This document provides guidelines and best practices for the individual who desires to promote to the position of company officer.
Download your free copy today (pdf)

Succession Management

Succession Management for the Fire-Rescue Service - Understanding and Applying the Process.
Released in July 2017, this document provides guidance on how to create a succession plan for your department. Go to resource

Company Officer Podcast Series

Articles by IAFC Company Officer Members


Excellent Firefighters: We're Not Promoting Through Testing Difficulties - by Captain D. Brady Rogers

Company Officer Leadership: Labor-Management Relations - Building Our Teams - by Captain Rob Frampton


Moving Forward in 2017 - by Captain Demond Simmons

All-Hazards on the Street - by Lieutenant Patrick Mahoney

Innovation in Officer-Development Training - by Lieutenant Marc Davidson

The Company Officer's Role in Obtaining Funding - by Captain Mike Jaffa


Big Data and Medical Hotspotting to Enhance Community Health and Prosperity - by Captain Demond Simmons

All-Hazards Planning: Team Approach - by Battalion Chief Jonathan Messick

Advantages of Diversity and Inclusiveness - by Captain Mary Emge


Company Officers in 2015 and Beyond - by Lieutenant Randy Hanifen

The Fire Prevention Week Revival - by Captain Mary Emge

Any Call Any Time - by Captain Joe Bradley

Regional Collaboration (pdf) - by Lieutenant Randall Hanifen

Principles of Effective Organizational Structures - by Lieutenant Chris Divver

Building Equity at the Kitchen Table - by Lieutenant Chris Divver

Relevant to the Community - by Captain Mike Jaffa

Avoiding Complacency in Your Leadership Role - by Captain Jonathan Messick

Saving Firefighters from Themselves - by Captain Demond Simmons


Additional Resources

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.

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

KnowledgeNet discussion forums - IAFC's members-only, peer-to-peer online community. Join a discussion, look up a resource or post on a blog.


Section Chair - Captain Randall Hanifen - email
IAFC Staff Liaison - Brittany Bowman - email


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