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Critical Thinking for Fire Officer Development

Wednesday, April 17
Classroom Session

Officer development programs primarily focus on operational and administrative aspects, while little attention is given to the human dynamic element and critical thinking skills. Leadership can be taught, but effectiveness comes from experience. This interactive class is designed to enlighten and prepare aspiring and present officers by employing tried and true techniques and skills garnered through actual incidents. First-hand accounts demonstrate how to recognize and process information both on and off the fireground to proactively address situations with confidence and resolve. Simplified and practical leadership tactics are demonstrated for incident commanders to provide an uncomplicated approach to fireground accountability from scene setup to follow-through. With a roadmap of how to implement effective leadership and management strategies, students will possess skillsets to effectively perform in any capacity to achieve the desired outcome.

Leigh H. Shapiro, Deputy Fire Chief / Senior Tour Commander - Hartford Fire Department, Hartford Connecticut