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Professional Development: A Fire Chief’s Vision . “Preparing for the Next Level”. “Professional development is the planned, progressive life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.” IAFC.

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Professional Development: A Fire Chief’s Vision

“Preparing for the Next Level”

FEMA/ United States Fire Administration


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“Professional development is the planned, progressive life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”IAFC

FEMA United States Fire Administration


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life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”Professional development is establishing core competencies for every rank, while systematically providing training and education internally and externally to meet those requirements.”


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Professional Development life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

Professional development is a Journey, not a destination.

  • Systematic

  • Deliberate

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Strategic Questions life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

  • Where are we now?

  • Where do we want to be?

  • How do we get there?

  • How do we know when we have arrived?

  • What do we do if unsuccessful?

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Strategic Questions and Answers life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

  • 1.Where are we now? Succession Plan; Professional Development Plan

  • 2.Where do we want to be? We want our fire officers able to function effectively in Supervising, Managing and Administrative roles.

  • 3.How do we get there? Begin from the bottom up and from the top down.

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Strategic Questions and Answers life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

  • 4. How do we know when we have arrived? We have arrived when fire officers efficiently and effectively meet the required standards.

  • 5. What do we do if unsuccessful? We identify those areas which need attention and make strategic changes accordingly. Failure is not an option.

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Mapping life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

  • Education

  • Training

  • Experience

  • Self-development

  • Mentoring

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Training Culture life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

A system of shared beliefs held by firefighters that determines their attitude towards training to maintain competence and to enhance professional development


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Training Culture life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

  • Varies from department to department; shift to shift…

  • Today’s community risks demand continuous training and professional development

  • Formal training and skills maintenance

  • Training officers, battalion chiefs and company officers

  • “Every day is a training day”


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Education Culture life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

A system of shared beliefs regarding the attitude of personnel toward pursuing higher education to enhance their value and knowledge to meet the needs of the department for the present and the future.


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Education Culture life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

  • Technical and academic programs

  • Enhanced by incentives

    • Pay incentives

    • Tuition reimbursements

    • Promotional advantage/requirement


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Division Officers life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

  • Each Division has special educational and training needs for its Officers.

  • Each Rank has special needs

  • Divisions and Ranks shall Identify those needs both education and training.

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Working Groups life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

Division Groups / Rank Group

  • What educational requirements are needed for your Division or rank group?

  • What competencies are needed for your Division or rank group?

  • What certifications and or designations are required?

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Career Path life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

  • Field Operations (Suppression)

  • ARFF Division

  • Communication Division

  • EMS Division

  • Prevention Division

  • Maintenance Division

  • Safety Division

  • Training Division

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Professional life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.” Development

“Preparing for the Next Level”

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FIELD OPERATIONS life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

Career Path

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Entry Level Firefighter / Foundation life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

The entry level personnel is required by La. standards to complete FF-I. Members at this level are primarily supervised and have no data entry responsibilities.

Recommended Training and Education

  • FF – NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter I and II

  • Emergency Medical Technician

  • Hazardous Materials Operations

  • Introduction to information management

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Entry Level Firefighter / Foundation life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

Recommended Training and Education

  • Customer Service Training

  • Special Operations Awareness

  • NIMS 700

  • ICS 100

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Fire Apparatus Driver Requirements NFPA 1002 life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

The Fire Driver duties includes firefighting, Apparatus operation and some records and report documentation.

Recommended Training and Education

  • Required Pump Operators Course

  • Required Aerial Operation Course

  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Course

  • Computer classes – Microsoft Word.

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Fire Apparatus Driver Requirements NFPA 1002 life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

Recommended Training and Education

  • Vehicle Maintenance

  • Records and Reports Writing

  • Introduction to Leadership Development

  • ICS 200

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First Level Officers life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

First level officers will complete training and recommendations specific to their duties and responsibilities.

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First Level Officers life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

All field operations and division officers shall have a minimum of the following recommendations.

Recommended Training and Education

  • Information Management Systems

  • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint

  • NFA Management Science Curriculum

  • Report and Documentation Courses

  • Instructor I NFPA 1041

  • ICS 300

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Fire Captain life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

The Captain shall meet the requirements for NFPA 1021 Fire Officer I. Recommended Training and Education

  • Command and Control Courses (NFA)

  • Life Safety Codes Class

  • Communications for Emergency Service Success

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Fire Captain life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

Recommended Training and Education

  • Personnel Management

  • Human Resource Management

  • Customer Service

  • Resource Management

  • Time Management

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Battalion Chief life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

The Battalion Chief and Division Asst. Chief of Training, Prevention and EMS shall meet the requirements for NFPA 1021 Fire Officer II. The candidate shall meet the requirements of Fire Officer I as defined in NFPA 1021, Fire Instructor I as defined in NFPA 1041.

Recommended Training and Education

  • All recommendations of the Fire Captain

  • Planning and Information Management

  • Advance Safety Operations and Management

  • Advanced Command and Control Courses (NFA)

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Assistant Chief life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

The Admin. Chief shall meet the requirements for NFPA 1021 Fire Officer III. The candidate shall meet the requirements of Fire Officer II as defined in NFPA 1021, Fire Instructor II as defined in NFPA 1041.

Recommended Training and Education

  • All recommendations of the Battalion Chief

  • Executive Command and Control (NFA)

  • Advance Safety Operations and Management

  • Planning and Information Management (NFA)

SFD Strategic Planning March 16, 2007


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ARFF life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

Career Path

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Chief of ARFF life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

The Chief of ARFF shall meet the requirements for NFPA 1021 Fire Officer I,II and III.

Recommended Training and Education

  • 3 years Aviation Task Force experiences

  • Airport Firefighter Certification

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Communication life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”Division

Career Path

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Communication ( FCO 1 ) life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

The FCO 1 Officer shall meet the requirements for NFPA 1061 Public Safety Telecommunication

Recommended Training and Education

  • Public Safety Telecommunicator 1 (40 hours) (APCO Certified Course)

  • Public Safety Telecommunicator 1 (40 hours) (APCO Certified Course)

  • Emergency Medical Dispatch (52 hours) (APCO Certified Course)

  • TDD (4 hours)

  • CPR (6 hours)

  • Hazmat Awareness (4 hours)

  • Fire Service Communications (32 hours) (APCO Certified Course)

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Communication ( FCO 2) life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

The FCO 2 Officer shall meet the requirements for NFPA 1061 Public Safety Telecommunication II.

Recommended Training and Education

  • Communications Center Supervisor (APCO Certified)

  • Communications Training Officer (APCO Certified)

  • Evaluation instruments/ Expectations Software, etc.

  • The Telecommunicator Role in Homeland Security (APCO Certified)

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Communication ( FCO 2) life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

The FCO 2 Officer shall meet the requirements for NFPA 1061 Public Safety Telecommunication II.

Recommended Training and Education

  • NFA Interpersonal Dynamics (NFA Certified)

  • Records Management

  • Associates Degree Public Safety Communications (APCO/Jacksonville University) or equivalent degree program with focus on public safety management.

    ( Optional )

  • Customer Service and Team Building (APCO Certified)

  • Liability Issues (APCO Certified)

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EMS Division life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

Career Path

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EMS Officer life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

The EMS Officer shall meet the requirements for NFPA 1021 Fire Officer I.

Recommended Training and Education

  • EMS Management Courses (NFA)

  • Statistical Analysis Course

  • Basic Disaster Life Support

  • Advance Disaster Life Support

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Prevention Division life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

Career Path

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Fire Prevention Officer life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

The Fire Prevention Officer shall meet the requirements for NFPA 1021 Fire Officer I and the requirements specific to his/her duty assignment.

Recommended Training and Education for Fire Inspector.

  • LSU FETC Fire Inspector I and II

  • NFA Inspector Course

  • NFPA 1031 Certification

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Fire Prevention Officer life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

The Fire Prevention Officer shall meet the requirements for NFPA 1021 Fire Officer I and the requirements specific to his/her duty assignment.

Recommended Training and Education for Public Education.

  • LSU FETC Fire Inspector I and II

  • NFA Public Education Courses

  • NFPA 1041 Instructor II

  • NFPA 1035 Certification

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Fire Prevention Officer life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

The Fire Prevention Officer shall meet the requirements for NFPA 1021 Fire Officer I and the requirements specific to his/her duty assignment.

Recommended Training and Education for Fire Investigator.

  • LSU FETC Fire Inspector I and II

  • LSU FETC Fire Arson Investigation

  • NFA Fire/ Arson Course

  • SPD P.O.S.T Certification Course

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Fire Prevention Officer life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

Recommended Training and Education for Fire Investigator.

  • Haz-Mat Technician Course

  • FBI Hazardous Devices School Course

  • IAAI Certified Fire Investigator

  • NFPA 1033 Certification

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Maintenance Division life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

Career Path

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Emergency Vehicle Technician ( EVT ) life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

The Emergency Vehicle Technician shall meet the requirements for NFPA 1021 Fire Officer I and NFPA 1071 Emergency Vehicle Technician.

Recommended Training and Education

  • NAVT Level I,2 and 3

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Safety Division life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

Career Path

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Chief Safety Officer life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

The Chief Safety Officer shall meet the entry level requirements of NFPA 1021 Fire Officer I and NFPA 1521 standard for Fire Department Safety Officer.

Recommended Training and Education

  • Incident Safety Officer Certification

  • Health and Safety Officer Certification

  • NFA Command and Control

  • HazMat Technician Certification

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Training Division life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

Career Path

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Training Officer life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

The Training Officer shall meet the requirements for NFPA 1021 Fire Officer I and Fire Instructor II as defined in NFPA 1041.

Recommended Training and Education

  • NFA Fire Service Course Design

  • NFA Training Program Management

  • NFA Management of EMS

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Training Officer life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

Recommended Training and Education

  • BEMS EMT Instructor

  • ACLS Instructor

  • PALS Instructor

  • BLS Instructor

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Executive Level life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

Career Path

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Fire Officer IV (Executive. Chief) life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

Those Officers seeking Executive Positions shall meet the requirements for NFPA 1021 Fire Officer IV. The candidate shall meet the requirements of Fire Officer III as defined in NFPA 1021, Policies and procedures; local, state/provincial, and federal regulations; community demographics; community issues; and formal and informal community leaders.

Recommended Training and Education Executive Fire Officer Program

  • EXECUTIVE DEVELOPMENT

  • LEADING COMMUNITY RISK REDUCTION

  • EXECUTIVE ANALYSIS OF FIRE SERVICE OPERATION IN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

  • EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

  • CHIEF FIRE OFFICER DESGINATION

  • NATIONAL CERTIFIED EMERGENCY MANAGER DESIGNATION

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The Vision of Education life-long process of education, training, self-development and experience.”

  • If you want one year of prosperity, plant corn

  • If you want ten years of prosperity plant trees

  • If you want one hundred years of prosperity, educate people