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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October 24-25 – Nassau County
Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department • 10 Glen Cove Avenue • Glen Cove, NY 11542
*Due to the anticipated large turnout, pre-registration is required.


“Lessons From the Street”
Lieutenant Robert Pressler (FDNY)

The company officer is the backbone of the American fire service. The actions taken on a daily basis, both in the firehouse as well as on the fireground, set the tone not only for the company, but also many times for an entire operation. Starting from a time before a firefighter decides to become an officer to when he or she walks into the firehouse at the start of the tour or arrives for drill night, this program will cover many of the issues a new officer will encounter. Topics addressed will range from personnel issues to fireground operations using real-life occurrences in both small and large fire departments.

“Leadership on Fire: From the Probie to the Chief”
Commissioner/Chief Michael Lombardo (Buffalo F.D.)

The basic unit in the fire service is not the firefighter, but rather, the fire company. The people who make up that unit and those in charge of that unit, the company officer, are vital at the fire scene and in the firehouse. This program will help firefighters, company officers, and aspiring company officers to be prepared for the challenges they will face. It will also help prepare them for higher level command positions, both on the fireground and in the department. Topics discussed will include being the new (positive impact) firefighter and how to prepare for that big leap to company officer. Regardless of your route to promotion in a career department or a volunteer unit, you need to be ready. Knowing what to expect when you take command, as well as how you can transition from being the new officer to training your company and having ownership of the unit, will be reviewed. Why we are all here and how to operate aggressively, effectively, and safely on the fireground will be addressed.

“Company Officer Leadership: From Responding to the Fire Floor and More!”
Lieutenant Michael Ciampo (FDNY)

Making the transition from firefighter to fire officer is a tremendous undertaking and one that requires a great commitment on behalf of any individual. Unfortunately, some of us have never been given training or insight into the ways of becoming an effective company officer. Sure, we can take management classes and learn that workers have a hierarchy of needs or how to delegate and make managerial decisions. However, we all know that the decisions on the fireground aren’t made on a spreadsheet with four different colors of print. Many things must happen prior to studying and being promoted or voted into an officer position. As a firefighter, you should strive to learn and train on every aspect of the job that you can. Being a well-versed and educated firefighter only makes it easier to become a competent officer and leader. In this program, we’ll look at “tidbits” of leadership advice to make you a better boss.

Registration Fee (No On-Site Registration):
$175 per person – NYSAFC Individual and Department Members
$200 per person – Non-Members
During these uncertain times, there’s no risk to register for any NYSAFC education programs. In the event that 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.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. “Lessons From the Street”
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. “Leadership on Fire: From the Probie to the Chief”

8:00 – 11:00 a.m. “Company Officer Leadership: From Responding to the Fire Floor and More!”
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion