Welcome and Introduction
No position in the fire service is more crucial than the company officer!
As the supervisor of the frontline direct service delivery team, no one is in a better position to effect the crew and the public in a positive way.
We hope to help existing and future company officers make a successful transition to the company officer leadership role, both around the station and at the emergency scene.
Many practical applications will be covered to include:
· Increasing your leadership skills & abilities
· Interpersonal relationships and understanding personality types
· Working effectively as a team
· Your role as the leader, commander & trainer
· Mentoring future leaders
· Customer Service skills & firefighter empowerment
Paul Sullivan is Fire Chief of the Weber Fire District. He has 40 years of combined Fire and EMS experience, including 21 years with the Chandler, Arizona Fire Department, where he retired at the rank of Battalion Chief. He has been a certified emergency paramedic for 38 years, currently holding certifications in Utah and Arizona. Paul has been a fire service instructor for 28 years, teaching command, WMD, truck company operations, leadership, and other topics. Paul has an Associates in Fire Science, a Bachelors in Public Safety Administration, and a Masters of Administration from Northern Arizona University.
Kevin Ward has been the fire chief for the Layton City (UT) Fire Department since 2004. Prior to his appointment, Chief Ward served 24 years with the Chandler (AZ) Fire Department, retiring as a battalion chief. He has served as an officer for over 36 years of his career. While in Chandler, Ward served as a training officer, public information officer, hazardous materials team coordinator, wildland fire program coordinator, administrative battalion chief, and emergency medical services (EMS) division chief. Prior to his promotion to battalion chief, Ward spent 18 years as a captain/paramedic on both engine and ladder companies. Chief Ward has achieved qualifications through the National Wildfire Coordinating Group as an engine boss, strike team and task force leader, structure protection specialist, and Type 3 incident commander. He has been an instructor for the Utah Fire & Rescue Academy Command Training Center since its inception. Chief Ward currently serves as Vice President of the Utah Fire Chiefs Association and chairs the Utah Fire Officer Designation Program.