The Fire Service Leadership Enhancement Program (FSLEP) is a unique professional development program designed to enhance the leadership skills of fire and rescue service executives. The goal of FSLEP is specifically to prepare fire and emergency service leaders for the opportunities and challenges they face today and in the future. The Fire and Rescue Training Institute and the University of Missouri Extension have partnered together in cooperation with the Missouri Association of Fire Chiefs and the Missouri Association of Fire Protection Districts to sponsor the Fire Service Leadership Enhancement Program.
The course of study enables participants to acquire the knowledge and skills to be successful emergency service oriented managers and be able to lead their organizations into the future. FSLEP consists of three two-day sessions offered at intervals during the winter and early spring. The three sessions focus on building critical leadership skills utilizing management theory and learning best practices from practitioners in the fire service. Areas of study include: understanding and working with people, effective communications, conflict management, leading change, thinking an acting strategically, budgeting and financial management, managing public organizations, and career development planning.
The Fire Service Leadership Enhancement Program consists of three two-day sessions offered at intervals throughout the year. You are required to attend all three sessions in order to recieve a certification of completion.
The Fire Service Leadership Enhancement Program is specifically designed for current fire and rescue service executives as well as managers identified by their departments as having high potential for rising to leadership roles in the future. To successfully achieve the learning objectives participants should have prior leadership experience as a company officer or equivalent. We recommend achieving the rank of lieutenant or above before attempting this program.
The Fire Service Leadership Enhancement Program is well suited for individuals serving every type of community, from the smallest town to larger cities. Enrollment in the program is an opportunity to learn more about the contemporary challenges of leadership and to gain highly useful skills directly applicable to current and future responsibilities.
The Fire Service Leadership Enhancement Program is designed for reflective practitioners. Instruction will be highly interactive, utilizing realistic case studies, experiential exercises, and up-to-date readings and materials. Assignments will provide opportunities for reinforcement of learning and application back in your department. The faculty will include both faculty and practitioners chosen for their expertise and experience in leadership training and knowledge of fire and rescue service issues. Participants who complete all three sessions (fulfilling all requirements) will be awarded a Certificate of Leadership Enhancement from the University of Missouri. Continuing Education Units will be available for interested participants.
The Fire Service Leadership Enhancement Program will be conducted on the University of Missouri campus at:
University of Missouri Extension Fire and Rescue Training Institute
1110 S College Avenue, Room 113
Columbia, Missouri 65211