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National Fire Academy's

2020 Florida State Weekend

March 27, 28 & 29, 2020

Updated: March 17, 2020

The 2020 Florida State Weekend has been cancelled in response to COVID-19



About the NFA Florida State Weekend

The 2020 National Fire Academy Florida State Weekend Training is now set for      March 28 & 29, 2020. Our travel day to the NFA is Friday, March 27, 2020.

I am pleased to report that we will again be partnering with our Brothers and Sisters from Indiana and Maine!  As such, there are ELEVEN courses available to choose from for this year's State Weekend. The State Weekend still offers a great networking and training opportunity for Florida’s firefighters and fire officers; both career and volunteer.

Your training experience at the historical National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland will surely be a unique experience. Take a few minutes to download/view the National Fire Academy's Welcome Package This information is provided to help you plan your trip to the National Fire Academy. All NFA students must review this document; even if you have previously taken classes at the NFA.


Enrollment Instructions:

 

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2020 NFA STATE WEEKEND PROGRAM IS NOW OPEN!

To register for the NFA Florida State Weekend, download the NFA State Weekend Registration Packet, and complete the Registration Form.

 

Download a Registration Packet

PDF Format       or         MSWord Format

 

The registration fee is $90.00 and checks should be made payable to:

NW FL VOL Weekend Council

The Registration Form and your $90 payment should be sent to:

Florida State Fire College

ATTN: Angie Cain

11655 NW Gainesville Road

Ocala, Florida 34482

e-mail: angie.cain@MyFloridaCFO.com

 

Registration must be received NO LATER THAN

Friday February 14, 2020


 

VERY, VERY IMPORTANT:

DO NOT MAKE ANY TRAVEL RESERVATIONS UNTIL INFORMED TO DO SO BY A

REPRESENTATIVE OF THE

FLORIDA STATE FIRE COLLEGE!


Course Options

(choose your top three (For Example:    #1=W0646,   #2=W0647,    #3=W0648)

Although not guaranteed, we will do our best to assign you your 1st choice!      

 

1. (W0321) Incident Command for Highrise Operations

This two-day course is designed to assist emergency response officers who have responsibility for managing highrise incidents. Course content includes organizing resources, developing strategies, and managing tactical operations to protect life and to minimize damage during an incident.

Students attending should have:

  • Working knowledge of basic Incident Command System organization.

  • Working knowledge of strategy and tactics for structural firefighting.

  • Knowledge of building construction.

  • Understanding of the type of building systems existing in highrise buildings.


Audience:

Anyone who would serve as a company officer/chief officer in communities that have highrise buildings.

 

Link to Course Syllabus.


2. (W0458) Preparation for Initial Company Operations

This two-day course is designed to develop a better understanding of the role and responsibilities of Company Officers (COs) in preparing their company for incident operations and to clarify the transition from firefighter to CO and the new roles relating to leadership and safety.

This course is designed for COs, acting COs, or senior firefighters responsible for the management of a single fire company at an emergency incident, including those officers who are responsible for company readiness, personnel safety, and leadership as it relates to company operation.

Audience:

COs, acting officers, or senior firefighters who command a fire company during emergency operations.

Those officers who are responsible for maintaining skills and company readiness.

Link to Course Syllabus


3. (W0520) Executive Skills Series: Exercising Leadership Within Communities

The purpose of this two-day course is to provide fire service authority figures with knowledge and skills, enabling them to exercise leadership when confronting adaptive challenges presented by increasingly diverse internal and external communities. The goal of the course is for participants to use the diversity of ideas, peoples and cultures as resources in exercising leadership to address adaptive challenges in their communities.

Audience:

The primary target audience is fire and emergency service personnel in positions of authority (executive level officers) who have an opportunity to exercise leadership.

Note: Participants must be minimally assigned to a supervisory level position (for example, a Company Officer).

Link to Course Syllabus


4. (W0602) Shaping the Future

This is two-day course is designed to assist first- and second-level supervisors and Company Officers (COs) in developing knowledge and skills in contemporary approaches to organizational problem-solving.

Topics include:

  • Use of creative approaches to identifying trends within their organizations.

  • Applying problem-solving methodologies.

  • The importance and application of continuous improvement within organizations.

  • How to quantify problems and solutions.

  • Factors in organizational and individual resistance to change.

  • Strategies for implementing change.

The course incorporates facilitated, student-centered methodologies, including lecture, small and large group activities, and individual assessments.

Audience:

  • First- and second-level supervisors and COs who are upwardly mobile within their organizations and whose department head wishes to prepare them for increased managerial responsibility.

  • Administrative officers who are responsible for significant staff functions within the organization and who report directly to top management.

  • Emergency service workers assigned to positions with decision-making responsibilities.

 

Link to Course Syllabus

Instructions to Download Student Manual


5. (W0609) Introduction to Unified Command for All-Hazards Incidents

This two-day course is designed to provide Company Officers (COs) with a better understanding of multiagency needs and a Unified Command structure. The attendees will gain an understanding of the requirements of a Unified Command organization and provide learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to operate effectively in complex incidents.

Audience:

  • The primary audience for the course is fire department COs, first responders, chief officers, and others who would function in a Command or General Staff position during a multiagency operation.

    Further specification for the audience includes officers who have command responsibilities, are upwardly mobile and act in the position of a command officer, would function in a Command or General Staff position during a Unified Command operation, and are initially responsible for setting up the Incident Command organization.

Link to Course Syllabus


6. (W0637) Wildland Urban Interface: Fire Adapted Communities - Introduction and Leadership, Course 1

This two-day course introduces students to the national wildland urban interface (WUI) fire problem and motivates them to initiate action to address the problem within their local community.

This course:

  • Defines the WUI fire problem.
  • Identifies the elements of a fire-adapted community in the WUI.
  • Illustrates the need for action at the local level.

Audience:

  • The target audience for this course may include, but not be limited to, the following:

    • Fire and emergency service representatives.
    • Community leaders/decision-makers.
    • Commissioners, elected officials, and other local policymakers.
    • Code officials: building, planning, etc.
    • Environmental groups.
    • Land managers and foresters.
    • Other key local stakeholders.

Link to Course Syllabus


7. (W0646) Leadership in Supervision: Creating Environments for Professional Growth

This two-day course presents the supervisor with the basic leadership skills and tools needed to perform effectively in the fire and EMS environment. The course includes concepts related to a successful transition to supervisory and leadership roles, including concepts of adaptive leadership; change management; active followership; effective communication, including difficult conversations and advocacy-inquiry based dialogue; ethics; authority; power; decision-making; and active engagement through development of a personal plan.

Audience:

  • The primary target audience for this course are those individuals who are at the first line level of supervision. For purposes of student selection first line level is considered to be those at the Company Officer or Unit (fire prevention, fire education, communications, EMS, etc.) Supervisor level.

    More specifically primary selection criteria are as follows:

    • First line supervisors in fire and emergency medical services organizations.
    • Fire and emergency medical services personnel due for promotion/appointment to a first line supervisory position within 18 months.
    • Fire and emergency medical services personnel who are regularly assigned acting supervisory positions.

 

Link to Course Syllabus

Instructions to Download the Student Manual


8. (W0647) Leadership in Supervision: Perspectives in Thinking

This two-day course provides the supervisor with the conceptual foundation and framework for success in leadership roles by exploring creative, analytical, political and critical thinking perspectives. The course addresses skills needed for assessing situations from multiple perspectives, making critical decisions, fostering creativity and innovation, and using persuasion..

Audience:

  • The primary target audience for this course are those individuals who are at the first line level of supervision. For purposes of student selection first line level is considered to be those at the Company Officer or Unit (fire prevention, fire education, communications, EMS, etc.) Supervisor level.

    More specifically primary selection criteria are as follows:

    • First line supervisors in fire and emergency medical services organizations.
    • Fire and emergency medical services personnel due for promotion/appointment to a first line supervisory position within 18 months.
    • Fire and emergency medical services personnel who are regularly assigned acting supervisory positions.

Link to Course Syllabus

Instructions to Download the Student Manual


9. (W0648) Leadership in Supervision: Frameworks to Success

This two-day course provides the supervisor with the knowledge and skills to perform successfully in the fire and emergency medical services (EMS) environments. The course addresses professionalism, resilience, emotional intelligence, and situational awareness, as well as managing conflict, delegating mentoring, coaching, empowering, and building collaboration and synergy for professional growth.

Audience:

  • The primary target audience for this course are those individuals who are at the first line level of supervision. For purposes of student selection first line level is considered to be those at the Company Officer or Unit (fire prevention, fire education, communications, EMS, etc.) Supervisor level.

    More specifically primary selection criteria are as follows:

    • First line supervisors in fire and emergency medical services organizations.
    • Fire and emergency medical services personnel due for promotion/appointment to a first line supervisory position within 18 months.
    • Fire and emergency medical services personnel who are regularly assigned acting supervisory positions.

Link to Course Syllabus

Instructions to Download the Student Manual


10. (W0722) Health and Safety Program Manager

This two-day course will provide fire, Emergency Medical Services department personnel and other related emergency responders with the aptitudes and abilities necessary to manage the duties and responsibilities of the Health and Safety Program Manager (HSPM) within their respective organizations.

Successful completion of this course will enable participants to:

  • Adapt the HSPM roles and responsibilities while applying risk management health and safety concepts within their organization to determine system-wide needs and to develop support to institutionalize opportunities to meet the needs assessment.
  • Evaluate and prioritize health and safety related strengths and weaknesses within their organizations.
  • Evaluate the environmental barriers affecting the implementation and impact of the organization’s safety and health programs.
  • Evaluate and integrate the organization’s and individual’s responsibility to impact health and wellness positively.

Audience:

  • Newly appointed or elected fire chiefs in volunteer, combination or career departments.
  • Departmental leaders who aspire to become fire chiefs.

Link to Course Syllabus

Instructions to Download the Student Manual


11. (W0761) New Fire Chief: Administrative Issues

This two-day course is to provide students with the managerial, administrative and leadership skills and awareness necessary for new or recently appointed or elected chiefs to effectively meet their obligations of the position.

Audience:

  • The primary audience is newly appointed fire chiefs in volunteer, combination or career departments, as well as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) chiefs.

    The secondary audience is department leaders and current officers who may become fire chiefs, as well as local government administrators and elected officials who are involved in the administration of a fire department or EMS.

Link to Course Syllabus



 


Lodging and Meals

 

The NFA does not charge students to attend a State Weekend Training Course! In addition, the NFA will provide student lodging at no cost to the student.

The only expenses the student will incur are travel to / from the National Fire Academy, your incidental expenses and a registration fee. The registration fee will cover meals (dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday) and attendees will receive a 2019 Florida NFA State Weekend Golf Shirt and a Recreation Pass (which is required for any purchases at the NFA Pub).



Transportation

 

VERY, VERY IMPORTANT:

DO NOT MAKE ANY TRAVEL RESERVATIONS UNTIL INFORMED TO DO SO BY A

REPRESENTATIVE OF THE

FLORIDA STATE FIRE COLLEGE!


Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to the National Fire Academy.

When looking at flights, you may wish to consider Harrisburg, PA Airport in addition to Baltimore -Washington (BWI).

 

Plan to arrive at the National Fire Academy no earlier than Friday March 29th, 2:00pm ET -

Orientation will begin at 7:30pm in the J-Building Auditorium

Plan to depart from the National Fire Academy no earlier than Sunday March 31st, 5:00pm ET

 

 

NOTE:

In the past, the NFA provided transportation between Batimore Washington international (BWI) Airport and the National Fire Academy for event attendees.

Due to federal budget constraints, this service is no longer provided.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Florida State Fire College Registrar’s office at (352) 369-2800 or e-mail Angie.Cain@MyFloridaCFO.com