• Kelly Walsh

Testimonial for the Brave Fire Leader On-line Cohort: Derek Briggs, Fire Chief, Forney Fire Rescue

Brave Fire Leader Academy - Online Cohort


I had enrolled in what was supposed to be the IAFC Southwestern Association of Fire Chiefs Leadership Academy scheduled for April, 2020 in Albuquerque, NM. COVID-19 came to town and derailed everyone’s plans during this time. Kelly and Dan went to work to put this conference style program into a virtual format that we all could still participate in. I must say this was one of the most valuable learning experiences I have had thus far in my career.

As a new Fire Chief, I found the content to be relevant and timely to both today’s fire service, as well as, to my new department. The ability to meet with my cohort weekly and discuss real-world topics and challenges bolstered the learning process for me. The mixture of personnel in my cohort also added value to the learning as we were a very diverse group from different ranks and geographical locations. Additionally, the virtual platform allows great flexibility in attendance and completion of the assignments.

If you are looking for expertly guided learning from top-shelf subject matter experts, you cannot go wrong investing in this opportunity.

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