FDIC 2018: Developing the Next Generation of Fire Service Leaders

Douglas Cline
Assistant Chief
Horry County Fire Rescue

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


This program will help students with developing a Professional Development model for their organization. Professional development is a planned, progressive, and lifelong process of education, training, self-development, and experience gained while preparing for and engaging in your career. It is a critical element of a leader and a professional in the fire service. When you step up to accept the responsibility of leadership, you also accept the obligation to continue   training, education, learning, personal experience, and growth and to improve your effectiveness. Professional development is an excellent tool for meeting that obligation. Fire service organizations must strive to provide continuing guidance to its personnel through a carefully crafted professional development plan that meets the specifics of the organization.

The instructional methodology will utilize many components of andragogy in the process of the course. We will engage a variety of learning styles through the methods of instruction to include lecture utilizing engaging power-point slides, impacting group work where impact learning will occur with decision making and the affective level of learning knowledge engagement. The program will be dynamic in the interaction between the students and instructor through dialogue and discussion on each of the components of professional development. Success stories of other departments in each of the components will be discussed and shared as examples of successful ways this concept was accomplished sharing the journeys of the organizations to include struggles as well as the processes to accomplish end goals.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify the components of training for each level in the fire service.

2. Identify the components of education for each level in the fire service.

3. Understand the importance of experience in the professional development model.

4. Define and understand the components of self-development.

5. Develop a professional development plan upon returning to their department.


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