Fire Service Executive Development Institute

Fire Service Executive Institute

The Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI) is a program developed by the IAFC and funded by a grant from Motorola Solutions Foundation (MSF) to provide new and aspiring chiefs with the tools they need to have a successful and productive tenure. Program goals and objectives.

Apply today! Applications for the 2020 session are due by 5:00 pm Eastern time on Friday, December 6, 2019. View application.

Criteria and Guidelines

Application is open to new (a year or less in the position) and aspiring (currently applying for chief positions or in department's succession plan) chiefs who have demonstrated a commitment to career advancement and enhancing the fire-EMS service through their leadership.

Participants must make a 1-year commitment to the program that includes:

  • A 6-day introductory residency at a conference center in the Washington Metropolitan region. Experts from the fire and emergency service and the private sector will cover topics such as:
    • Ethics
    • Leadership in the new era
    • Emerging concepts in organizational design and delivery
    • Effective use of science and data
    • Budgeting and spend management
    • Labor-management relations
    • How to be successful in recruiting and hiring processes
  • 4-6 month period of self study during which the participants will have access to mentors and executive coaches. There will also be opportunities for peer discussions.
  • 2-4 day sessions followed by continued mentoring and coaching.
  • Attending Fire-Rescue International for the full conference. The individual or their department will be responsible for the registration and travel and onsite expenses.
  • Completing a project that contributes to the enhancement of the fire and emergency service and actively participating in professional organizations at the state or national level.
  • Maintain an ongoing relationship with peers, networking with members of the previous year's cohort and other alumni of the FSEDI.

This program is limited to 20 participants. Applicants who are accepted will be awarded a scholarship to cover housing and meals while on site. They will also be provided a stipend to assist in defraying costs for flights.

Program Goals

  • Identify aspiring fire chiefs and provide them the education, tools and resources to be successful in achieving a chief position and maintaining tenure.
  • Identify, educate and nurture the next generation of fire service leaders.
  • Provide a more direct route for individuals to be active and engaged in the fire service at a regional, state and/or national level.
  • Develop a program that focuses on both current and emerging issues challenging fire service leadership.


Individual participants will:

  • Develop an increased understanding of their personal values and purpose in life.
  • Recognize the importance of improving their executive presence, behavior as a leader and social skills.
  • Be prepared to apply for and go through promotion and chief position processes.
  • Execute succession planning and high-performance team building skills.
  • Demonstrate time, financial and data management skills.
  • Strengthen political acumen and ethical decision-making skills.
  • Develop increased understanding of the legal issues, changes in culture and diversity/inclusion opportunities as they relate to the fire service.

Contact Mary Beth Michos by email or at 571-926-4283.

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