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Brave Fire Leader Leadership Academy
On-Line and Zoom Cohort Option

Leadership ​Academy begins Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Watch our short 2 minute video to learn more.

Brave Fire Leader Online Academy

Fast Track your Leadership Success

What is a cohort?  A cohort is a group of students working together through the same academic curriculum.

Compared to a proceed-at-your-own-pace model, a cohort invites student participation, fosters creativity, builds leadership skills, generates a sense of community.  This format proceeds at a predetermined pace.

There is NO ADDITIONAL COST to participate in a cohort!

Perfect option for current officers, future-potentials, new officers, mid-level chiefs and aspiring leaders.  There is structure AND flexibility that works with your busy schedules.  Budget friendly by eliminating travel expenses and

back-filling staff.

Brave Fire Leader Cohort Academy begins Tuesday, January 24, 2023 

Cohort Benefits to Leadership Success

  • Guide to enhanced on-line learning success

  • The cohort is a hybrid model to the self-paced option

  • Flexible yet a structured pace to practice the tools an attendee learns in class

  • 5 - 10 week structure to complete each level on pace

  • Each week an attendee watches 2 leadership classes

    • Classes avg. 30 min.

  • Weekly 90 minute Zoom calls on Tuesday for cohort group with instructors for Q&A, scenarios and enhanced learning

    • Note: Some sessions maybe on a Monday

  • Classes recorded

  • Network building with class attendees

  • Accountability Partners to stay focused and maximize success

  • 20 tools (10 each level) you can turn around use immediately to improve your leadership

  • Ability to connect and ask questions by email with the instructors


FOR MAXIMUM SUCCESS add coaching and mentoring sessions


  • Coach (Kelly Walsh) and Mentor (Gary Ballard)

  • $300 for 2 coaching and 2 mentoring sessions (1 per month)

          Brave Fire Leader Online Academy

Kick-Off Zoom class begins Tuesday, January 24, 2023

at  1pm EST

  • 10 Session Weekly Cohort over 2.5 months            (Combined Level I and II)

  Helps current and aspiring emergency service leaders to:

  • Transfer the skills they already know to prevent people problems.

  • Learn key areas of focus to improve the impact of their job performance.

  • Have access to over 20 leadership tools they can take back and use immediately.

  • Engage and develop the employees working on their teams.

  • Develop a flexible style in order to lead everyone, no matter their age or style.

  • Think on a more comprehensive level about advancing their department’s success.

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If you wish to be invoiced or pay at a later date due to budgets, please click here and email us.

Please register and pay for one of the different leadership academy options below.

Accountability Partner

Coaching and Mentoring Sessions

Purchase Includes:

Level One

How Fire Departments Train Chief Officers

Leading vs. Managing

Ethics and Leadership Values

Thinking Comprehensively

Communicate Simply & Powerfully

Coach Approach

Setting Expectations

Conflict Management - Having Difficult Conservations


Ten Commandments and How to Keep Moving Forward


Level Two

How Fire Departments Train Chief Officers

Legal Liability and HR Management

Building Resources

Generational Style Differences

Dealing with Politics - Avoiding Political Pitfalls

Productive Meetings

Time Management

Engage and Mobilize Your Team

Passing the Baton

 Lessons Learned and How to Keep Moving Forward




1. How Fire Departments Train Chief Officers

This class introduces the students to the shifting needs of chief officers….from the reactive world of the emergency to the strategic and political world of the leader.  This is why this training is key for every leader.  Those who are ready for the next level will want to know how to get the most out of these classes and we’ll help you work to set goals that get you the results you want.


You the Leader

2. Leading vs. Managing

Most people can’t explain their leadership style or the difference between leadership and management.  It is a critical difference and to know how to lead the different people in your organization.  This class will show you how to flex your style in order to lead everyone.  

3. Ethics and Leadership Values 

The public knows, likes, and trusts Fire Departments.  How do we ensure that we deserve that trust?  We’ll show you how to keep yourself and your people in check.

4. Thinking Comprehensively 

Thinking Comprehensively is a skill that is used on the Fireground every day.  Learn how to transfer the skill you already have to solve organizational and people problems.  You will see the power of expanding your awareness and receive a couple of tools to assist you. 

5. Communicate Simply and Powerfully 

Mastering 1:1 communications is the key to better engagement, retention, conflict reduction, and accountability for your staff.  Here are simple things you can do right now to be a better communicator.  

6. The Coach Approach 

Use this communication style to draw more out of your employees.  They will experience discovery learning and learn to solve their own problems – what a great way to develop others!

7. Setting Expectations

Leaders are required to enforce an incredible amount of regulations, laws, rules, procedures, and even common sense.  Learn how to set clear expectations in an easy and effective way.  

Communicate & Connect

8. Conflict Management – Having Difficult Conversations

We’ll share why you want to run toward conflicts like a house on fire AND give you a solid way to work through them that will keep conflict from escalating and putting your team at risk. 

Moving Forward

Leading Into the Future

9. Mentoring

There are so many reasons this important organizational component has declined in recent years.  We will tell you how to bring it back for their sake, and yours.  

10. Ten Commandments and How to Keep Moving Forward 

A specialized set of commandments for Company Officers and Chief Officers will be shared by Chief Dan Jones that will energize and inspire the learner.  We will conclude with ideas of how to consider one’s own leadership brand and potential next steps.  





1. How Fire Departments Train Chief Officers

This class introduces the students to the shifting needs of chief officers….from the reactive world of the emergency to the strategic and political world of the leader.  This is why this training is key for every leader.  Those who are ready for the next level will want to know how to get the most out of these classes and we’ll help you work to set goals that get you the results you want.  

You the Leader

2. Legal Liability and Human Resources Management

Are you clear on the legal responsibilities you have as a leader?  This component of leadership is often brushed off, but the costs to doing so can be extreme to your career and the future of your organization.  Know your resources, when to use them, and consider how you can put a prevention focus on your HR concerns.  

Communicate & Connect

3. Building Resources

There is such power in building your network for the health of your organization, your career, and for input on tough decisions.  We’ll give you the whys and hows.  


4. Generational Style Differences 

Generational communication style differences can be a big challenge in the workplace and are a frequent cause of conflict and misunderstanding.  Be a pro at communicating with others by understanding the differences and also what they have in common for better productivity.  

Moving Forward

5. Dealing with Politics – Avoiding Political Pitfalls 

Do you know what can end a perfectly solid Fire Chief career?  POLITICS!  Fire leaders in today’s environment must work in a very politically charged atmosphere and the knowledge and skill of negotiating political land mines is one of the secrets to success and longevity.  


6. Productive Meetings 

The higher you climb as a leader, the more meetings you are asked to attend.  Knowing how to lead and participate effectively can help you get more done and spend less time at the meeting table.  Know these key tips before your next meeting.  


7. Time Management 

Does it seem like your workload is ever expanding?  In this demanding career, Fire Service leaders are busier than ever.  Learn strategies for getting things done and a tool for improving your delegations skills.  


8. Engage and Mobilize your Team 

There is a tremendous list of benefits to having engaged employees.   We will help you take a good look at yours and determine action steps for increasing their involvement.  

Leading Into the Future

9. Passing the Baton 

Is the next chief in your ranks right now?  Is there a systematic way to develop your talent?  Do you feel constrained by the limiting performance evaluation system that takes so much time but fails to motivate and develop your people?  We’ll bring the best practices of how to create a culture of professional development to your team so you can feel more confident about your bench strength.  

10. Lessons Learned & How to Keep Moving Forward

The personal lessons Chief Jones learned during his long career as a chief officer to inspire you and help you learn some of the tough lessons, the easy way.  


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