IAFC’s Fire Service Executive Development Institute Available for 6th Year

Thanks to Motorola Solutions Foundation, program provides new chiefs with tools they need to succeed

Fairfax, Va. - For the sixth year, the IAFC received a grant from Motorola Solutions Foundation to fund another year of the Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI).  FSEDI is a program developed by the IAFC to provide new and aspiring chiefs with the tools they need for successful and productive tenures.

Applications for 2017-2018 are due no later than 5 PM ET, October 27.

Members of the previous five sessions have been very successful in achieving promotions, fire-chief positions, and appointments to regional, state and national fire service committees and task groups.

The yearlong program is open to new chiefs (a year or less in the position) and aspiring chiefs (currently applying for chief positions or in their department’s succession plans) who have demonstrated a commitment to career advancement and enhancing the fire and emergency service through their leadership.

During the year, the members of the cohort meet three times for sessions conducted 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, and how to be successful in recruiting and hiring processes plus many more.  This program differs from other executive level programs in the fire service in that the focus is on real world and emerging issues around these subjects. 

One member of a recent FSEDI cohort said, “There is hardly a day that goes by where I don't draw from either the experience or cohorts to help my decision-making process. This program is impacting the fire service for future generations.”

Members of the cohort will have assignments to complete between sessions in addition to maintaining communications and networking via an on-line community.  They will participate in mentoring and coaching opportunities.  Members of the 2017-2018 FSEDI cohort will also be introduced to the members of the first five programs as part of expanding their professional networks.

The program is limited to 20 members.  It looks to select a diverse group representing all regions of the U.S. and Canada from fire-EMS departments of various sizes and types.  Chief officers accepted into the program will be awarded a scholarship which covers the cost of housing, meals and activities for the on-site sessions.  A nominal stipend will be available to help defray travel costs.  Successful applicants will also be expected to attend Fire-Rescue International in Dallas, Texas (this is not covered by scholarship).

For more information, please contact Mary Beth Michos.

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About the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide. IAFC members are the world's leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas, develop professionally and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders. Learn more
About Motorola Solutions Foundation The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The foundation achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially in science, technology, engineering and math. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit our website: www.motorolasolutions.com/foundation
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