UNCC graduates 30 fire service leaders

CarolinaFireJournal -

05/02/2012 -
Thirty fire service leaders and aspiring leaders from across North Carolina and South Carolina graduated from UNC Charlotte’s Fire and Rescue Management Institute in February, joining over 200 alumni who have completed the co-hort certificate program since 2006-2007. Students completed over 70 hours of leadership and management curriculum covering modules such as Leadership and Team-Building, Strategic Planning and Operations Management, Communication Skills & Public Relations, and Personnel Management. The 12-day curriculum, which is spread out over four months, is designed to prepare today and tomorrow’ fire and rescue administrators for the complex skills and responsibilities their supervisory roles require within their department and the in the community. image

The program kicked off in early October with a keynote presentation entitled “Pride and Ownership” by retired Lewisville, TX Fire Chief Rick Lasky and continued with a high ropes team-building challenge before students began their classroom instruction. Instructors for the Institute include both national, regional, and local fire administrators, as well as UNC Charlotte faculty from disciplines such as communication studies, public administration, MBA, fire safety engineering technology, and organizational psychology. Independent management and leadership specialists also teach within the program.

The Class of 2012 had many positive experiences to share:

“I am extremely impressed with the quality of training the UNC Charlotte FRMI has created for the fire service. I have seen the positive results from previous alumni and am thankful I chose to attend. I have already recommended to other key staff in our agency to consider attending the next program. In addition, I will be proposing and implementing some of the ideas I took from the various classes in the near future and look forward to the positive results. Thank you for your efforts to train and educate our industry!”

— Tracy Winecoff, Division Chief, Kannapolis Fire Department

“The 2011-2012 UNC Charlotte Fire Rescue Management Institute was a remarkable class.  The class covers the fire service 360 degrees, and is a must for company officers. The intelligence and the broad spectrum of Instructors from all over the United States says a lot for the curriculum itself and the high expectations set by the staff at UNC Charlotte”

— Barry McLean, Captain, Kernersville Fire & Rescue

“The Fire & Rescue Management Institute provided a unique perspective into fire department management.  The instructors came from the fire service as well as educational environment, offering strategic and innovative management tips for future leaders.”

— Amy Krise, Life Safety Educator, Charlotte Fire Department

“This has been one of the best leadership courses that I have ever been to!  I think that this class is a must for all aspiring fire department officers.  I will encourage our department to send someone every year.”

— Rod Bates, Firefighter, Fair Grove Fire Department

UNC Charlotte will be offering two, one-half day topics this summer/early fall designed for emergency services leaders and aspiring leaders. Chief John Salka from the FDNY will present on Sept. 15 on Leadership Lessons from the FDNY and Fireground Scenario Workshop and Retired Chief John Bierling will conduct a hands-on, scenario-based Multi-Agency Advanced Incident Management on Sept. 18-19. Registration for these special topics as well as the 2012-2013 Fire and Rescue Management Institute and the EMS Management Institute is available at ContinuingEd.uncc.edu.


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