New York State
Association of Fire Chiefs

Providing Service to Those Who Serve

Company Officers Leadership Training (COLT)

Where do chiefs that recognize the need for leadership development send their officers for that type of training? NYSAFC’s COLT program. The demands on today’s fire officers are constantly increasing. Traditional training is not enough for today’s fire service leaders of all ranks. NYSAFC recognizes that leadership development is necessary now if we are to protect the future of the fire service. It is also crucial for chief officers to support those individuals performing the day-to-day operations of the fire department, as sharpening the leadership skills of your line officers will enhance the overall strength of your team. For the COLT program, NYSAFC assembles a cadre of instructors, all nationally renowned experts on company officer leadership both on and off the fireground, for an energizing learning experience.

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2021 Dates and Locations:

January 22-23, 2021 – Fulton County
Berkshire Fire Department • 320 Steele Avenue Ext. • Gloversville, NY 12078

February 19-20, 2021 – Monroe County
West Webster Fire District • 1051 Gravel Road • Webster, NY 14580

March 19-20, 2021 – Erie County
Orchard Park Fire Company • 30 School Street • Orchard Park, NY 14127


“It’s Just a Routine House Fire – Or Is It? Today’s Private Dwellings”
Retired Battalion Chief/Shift Commander Jim Duffy, Wallingford (CT) Fire Department

If your fire department is like mine, most of your fires are in private dwellings. Just because it’s the most common fire you go to, that doesn’t mean you should let your guard down. A significant number of firefighter injuries and deaths occur at house fires, the most common type of structure fire in New York state. 75 percent of fire deaths occur in residential dwellings, and about 2,500 civilians die in these structures  annually. We can reduce these numbers! Structural members are made lighter and cheaper, and fuels have higher heat release rates. This interactive and challenging program will explore command, fire attack, ventilation, and search at house fires. It will also cover current studies and how they relate to tactics. Lessons learned can be applied to other types of fires as well.

“The Fire Officer – A View From the Front Seat”
Past Chief Michael Healy, Central Nyack Fire Department and
Firefighter/Past Chief Robert LaGrow, Fire Department City of New York (FDNY)/West Haverstraw Fire Department

As we often say in the fire service, the “real” firefighters are the people from the engine company, and everyone else is a “helper.” 100 years from now, water will still be extinguishing fires. The officer in charge of the engine company has many important decisions to make prior to and after arrival at the scene of any type of incident. Where is my water supply coming from? How many lengths of hose will we have to stretch to ensure we don’t stretch short? Do I drop a supply line or come directly into the scene for a quick attack? These and many other aspects of this important job will be addressed.

What Type of Fire Officer Are You? A Leader or a Manager?
Assistant Chief Chris Rea, City of Kingston Fire Department

Do you really know and understand what comes with the title of a fire officer? This program will not review the power and prestige that comes with the title, but rather, it will focus on the non-glamourous traits that a fire officer must possess if he or she wants to become a respected leader. The program will touch on the knowledge and skills required during an emergency situation, and then more closely explore how being a visionary, humanitarian, trainer, mentor, referee, judge, an enforcer, and even a human being will help an officer achieve the title of respected leader.

$175 per person – NYSAFC Individual and Department Members
$200 per person – Non-Members
Seating is limited due to COVID-19 safety guidelines. Pre-registration is encouraged. On-site registration will be accepted if space permits. During these uncertain times, there’s no risk to register for COLT. In the event NYSAFC is forced to cancel training due to COVID-19, students will have the option to attend on the rescheduled program date or request a full refund.


8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration/Check-In
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. “It’s Just a Routine House Fire – Or Is It? Today’s Private Dwellings”
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. “The Fire Officer – A View From the Front Seat”

8:00 – 11:00 a.m. “What Type of Fire Officer Are You? A Leader or a Manager?”
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion