IAFC’s Fire Service Executive Development Institute Available for 7th Year

Thanks to Motorola Solutions Foundation, program provides new chiefs with tools they need to succeed
Chantilly, Va. - For the seventh year, the IAFC received a grant from the 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 to have a successful and productive tenure. The program is also designed to identify and support the next generation of fire service leaders. The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. and focuses its funding on public safety and disaster relief in addition to advancing educations programs in science and technology.

Applications for 2019 are due no later than 5 PM (ET) on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.

The members of the previous six 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 year-long program 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 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, and labor–management relations, and how to be successful in recruiting and hiring processes plus many more.  This program differs from other executive level program in the fire service in that the focus is on real world and emerging issues on the subjects presented.  There is also an emphasis on developing the individuals in the program as executives.

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 2019 FSEDI cohort will also be introduced to the members of the first six programs as part of expanding their professional networks.

The program is limited to 20 members. The program looks to have a diverse group representing all regions of the U.S. and Canada, from various size and types of fire-EMS departments. 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 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia (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 response, 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


Add info on 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 science, technology, engineering and math. More information is available about the Motorola Solutions Foundation on its website.

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