Officer Development classes/Fire Officer I
I won't get too deep into this since I can't ever start new posts. It looks like MABAS Division 8 and my department (well, our Training Chief, also MABAS 8 training director or some such title) are really working to get the five core classes for Fire Officer I held starting in the next couple of months. Classes would be geared with the POC or volunteer folks in mind, scheduled Saturday and Sunday for two weekends, and finishing with a third Saturday, each day eight hours. Obviously, everyone would be welcome, career or not, but we're trying to fill a void for folks that work during the week who want to complete these classes. There would be a few week break between class segments (i.e. three straight weekends of one class, then a break, then starting the next class in the series).
If you have an interest, let me know. First priority will go to MABAS 8 departments, but I'm very confident there will be room left for others. I'll post more particulars once I have them. Classes will be taught by IFSI personnel...
We're basically Rockford, IL - just north of the city a few miles, for those wondering where these classes would be held.
First in the series will likely be Tactics and Strategy, as our belief is that this is a key class to get folks in the right seat thinking the correct way on scene.
We also have some IFSI Cornerstone officer development classes coming up, once we can open them up to other departments, I'll get out word.
Also - my department's last promotional exam and practicals really showed that we need to work on some officer development strategies, which will include any and all classes we can get our up and coming folks into. If you have something going on in your department that fits that bill, I know I may be interested, as well as a few other folks on my department.
We are aware of the Buddy to Boss class coming in MABAS 1, there's a good class coming near Madison, WI, and others - so if you need info on similar classes for your department's folks, let me know.
Captain Joel Hallstrom
North Park Fire Dept.
Machesney Park, IL
npfd at insightbb.com