Distance Learning Course for New or Aspiring Fire Officers Taught by Mike Ward
CentreLearn Solutions, the leading provider of online training for fire and emergency medical services, announced a Fire Officer Training Program, taught by Mike Ward BS, MGA, MIFireE. The 7-part online course will begin on March 13, 2013, and delivered will include presentations, discussions, and assignments on:
- The role of the new fire officer
- Managing the fire company
- Imposing order on chaos
- Tactical lessons from near-miss and line of duty death events
- Getting involved in the community
- Advanced tools for the experienced fire officer
To register, have your department's CentreLearn administrator contact CentreLearn now.
Chief Billy Goldfeder, EFO, had this to say: “Mike's decades of experience combined with his focus on education-and his very cool ability to communicate will allow the students to make this program one of the absolute highlights of their career. If we are lucky, each of us will have a fire officer/instructor in our career that mattered. Someone who helped us "get it," about our responsibility as an officer. Mike more than "gets it"-and spending time learning from Mike online, or otherwise, couldn't be a better opportunity for future company officers, and those who need their batteries charged.”
Need for Fire Officer Training
“Department chiefs have repeatedly told me they are seeking training programs to prepare their firefighters to become effective fire officers. Because of the importance of this course content, we are inviting each of our client fire departments to enroll one firefighter at no cost,” said Greg Friese, CentreLearn’s Director of Education. Additional firefighters from CentreLearn organizations can enroll at a substantial discount. CentreLearn is also opening the course to fire departments not yet using CentreLearn’s industry leading learning management system.
Fire Officer Training Program Description
Improve your fire officer effectiveness. Learn from an experienced fire officer and educator who has spent decades preparing firefighters for promotion. This training program will cover how to be a leader within the unique municipal environment of a fire station, managing your boss, managing emergency incidents (beyond ICS), tactical lessons learned from near-miss and line-of-duty deaths, managing through others, involving the community, and advanced fire officer management/leadership tools. Participants will role play in the fictional Wombat City Fire Department as they apply the concepts covered.
Sessions 1 through 4 will focus on the new fire company officer (Fire Officer I). Sessions 5 and 6, as well as a bonus 7th session for users that attend all seven sessions, will be focused on the experienced officer (Fire Officer II). Each session will be offered twice to maximize availability for busy career or volunteer firefighters.
Session 1: THE NEW FIRE OFFICER
*there will be homework assigned at the end of each session that participants will be expected to complete before the next session.
Session 2: MANAGING THE FIRE COMPANY
Wednesday, March 20 (1100) / (1900)
Session 3: IMPOSING ORDER ON CHAOS
Wednesday, March 27 (1100) / (1900)
Session 4: TACTICAL LESSONS FROM NEAR-MISS AND LODDs
Wednesday, April 3 (1100) / (1900)
Session 5: GETTING INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY
Wednesday, April 10 (1100) / (1900)
Session 6: ADVANCED TOOLS FOR THE EXPERIENCED FIRE OFFICER
Wednesday, April 17 (1100) / (1900)
Bonus Session 7: SECRETS FROM LEGENDARY FIRE COMMANDERS
Wednesday, May 1 (1100) / (1900)
Mike Ward is a retired Captain II from a large urban county, and has been teaching and preparing Fire Officers on the streets, in the classroom and online. Author of Jones and Bartlett’s "Company Officer: Principles and Practice" and writes as the Fossilmedic on Firegeezer.com, Ward provides a problem-solving approach to company officer training.
With the bar set high for this course, Mike Ward added, “The students in this course can expect to learn from one another as we work through different leadership scenarios and challenges.” The training program will conclude with a closing presentation and discussion on the secrets of legendary fire commanders.
About CentreLearn Solutions
CentreLearn Solutions offers full service Internet training solutions to emergency services organizations of all sizes. Organizational clients receive unlimited access to accredited online educational programs, and support for developing and delivering custom content. CentreLearn offers the industry’s most powerful suite of fully-hosted learning and content management tools. For more information, visit http://www.centrelearn.com/.
I have been working with Greg Freise on this concept since the summer.
Excited at the opportunity, hope that you register for the class.
Mike "FossilMedic" Ward