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 leader 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.

2018 Company Officers Leadership Training (COLT) Registration Form

Dates and Locations:

January 11-12, 2019 – Fulton County

Berkshire Fire Department • 320 Steele Avenue Ext. • Gloversville, NY 12078

February 22-23, 2019 – Monroe County
Brighton Fire Department • 3100 East Avenue • Rochester, NY 14610

March 8-9, 2019 – Chautauqua County
Chautauqua County Emergency Services • 2 Academy Street • Mayville, NY 14757

Lectures (For All Sites/Dates):

“First In, Last Out: Leadership Lessons From the New York Fire Department”
Battalion Chief John Salka, FDNY

This program, based on Chief Salka’s book of the same title, will address the leadership challenges we all face in the fire service. What does it take to lead people into a burning building? How do the leaders of the New York City Fire Department develop so much loyalty, trust, and confidence under pressure that their subordinates will risk their very lives for them? Officers of the FDNY are experts at both practicing and teaching high-stakes leadership. Salka will explain the department’s unique strategies and how they can be adopted by leaders in any field. In a tough talking, no-nonsense style, he will use real-world stories to convey these vital concepts to the officers of your department, so they can take the lead in building a better, more effective and functional organization.

“Leadership and The Law: What Officers Need to Know”
Attorney Mark C. Butler, Esq., Law Offices of Mark Butler and Attorney Terence Hannigan, Esq., Hannigan Law Firm

Too frequently, fire officers are confronted with well-intentioned (but ill-informed) cautions by others, warning them to be wary of their decisions because they “will get sued” if their decisions result in even just a tiny bit of damage. The legitimacy of these warnings are usually baseless, and rooted in either self-serving purposes or cultural misperceptions about the legal system and liability. This presentation and discussion, offered by two of the leading fire service lawyers in New York, will explore the true relationship between effective fire leadership and the law of liability, resulting with the best fire service officer being preeminently concerned with training, operational competency, and effective decision-making.

“It’s OK to Love This Job!”
Lieutenant Paul Haynes, Syracuse Fire Department

Remember how you felt when you took a position as a firefighter? Now, as a company officer or aspiring company officer, you need to maintain that love. As a new firefighter, remember when you had that impassioned company officer or senior man, and you would hang on their every word? These leaders, formal or informal, were inspiring and strengthened the team. But sometimes, our peers make it difficult to still love the job. By losing the love, we foster a culture of leadership where we are content with being just OK. This program will review leadership styles that will help turn individuals into an effective team with a shared vision for cultivating success and creating a unified vision for the organization.

Registration Fee:
$175 per person – NYSAFC Individual and Department Members
$200 per person – Non-Members
On-Site and pre-registration available.

Schedule (For All Sites/Dates):

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. “First In, Last Out: Leadership Lessons From the New York Fire Department”
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. “Leadership and The Law: What Officers Need to Know”

9:00 – 11:00 a.m. “It’s OK to Love This Job!”
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion