COLLEGE STATION – Thirty-four fire service leaders completed the 10th Fire Service Chief Executive Officer (FSCEO) leadership certificate program, held May 14-18, 2018, on the Texas A&M University campus. The professional development program is delivered by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in cooperation with professors from Texas A&M’s Mays Business School.
The goal of the program is to sharpen the leadership skills of executives within the fire service. The new graduates are company officers and chief officers from 26 agencies and the Department of Defense. Participants came from Texas, Arizona, California and Michigan.
The weeklong program addresses the unique needs of fire chiefs and other command staff by covering the challenges of leadership, finance, ethics, and strategic management and planning. Attendees also learn about creativity and innovation, managing change and transition, media relations and stress management. Since its inception, 320 fire service leaders have completed the program.
“Our goal is to build programs and courses that improve the success of these executives in managing day-to-day fire department operations and to enhance their career growth,” said Robert Barron, a veteran fire officer and Training Manager with TEEX’s Emergency Services Training Institute.
Increasingly, emergency service organizations are requiring leadership programs like this one for promoting or hiring personnel at the command level, he added.
The next Fire Service Chief Executive Officer program will be held Oct. 15-19, 2018.