10/25/2017 12:00 AM
COLLEGE STATION - Thirty-four fire
service leaders completed the capstone Fire Service Chief Executive Officer
(FSCEO) leadership certificate program, held Oct. 9-13 on the Texas A&M
University campus. The professional
development program is delivered by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in cooperation with professors from Texas
A&M’s Mays Business School. The program is designed to sharpen leadership skills of
executives within the fire service.
The new graduates are company officers and chief officers from fire
departments across the state and Joint Base San Antonio Fire & Emergency
Services. Three international graduates are fire chiefs for the Federal
Airports Authority of Nigeria.
The program covers the challenges of leadership, finance,
ethics, and strategic management and planning. Attendees also learn about
creativity and innovation, managing change and transition, media relations and
stress management. Nearly 300 fire service leaders have completed the program
since its inception.
"As a veteran fire officer, I understand the unique needs
of fire chiefs and other command staff,” said Robert Barron, Training Manager
with the Emergency Services Training Institute. “Our goal is to build programs and courses
that improve the success of these executives in managing day-to-day fire
department operations and to enhance their career growth. FSCEO and similar programs
are growing in demand as they become requirements for promotion and/or to get
hired at the command level of an emergency service organization."
The next Fire Service Chief Executive Officer program will be
held May 14-18, 2018.