top of page
brave fire leader logo-01.png

Brave Fire Leader Leadership Academy

3-day Live Leadership ​Academy begins
Tuesday, April 19th, 2022 in San Antonio
Sign-Up Today!

" Leadership is never more important than in a crisis"

Do You Want High Performing Officers in Your Department?

Be as Effective OFF the Fire Ground as ON

Fast Track Your Leadership Success

  • The greatest deficiency in the fire officer training is leadership

  • When training is combined with coaching, individuals increase their performance by an average of 86% compared to 22% with training alone. (Source: Personnel Management Assoc.)

  • It’s more affordable than you think 

What is a Leadership & Coaching Academy?

  • 3-day workshop and Brave Fire Leader online video sessions followed by either a Accountability Partner or Coaching & Mentoring sessions.

    • AP Option: Instruction on use of accountability partner/peer coaching for continued results.

    • Coaching/Mentoring Option: 2 coaching and 2 mentoring by phone over the following 4 months, 1 per month.

  • Combining peer support and 1:1 leadership coaching, great content, facilitation, accountability for results

  • Instructed By: Dan Jones, Retired Fire Chief, Chapel Hill Fire Department and Kelly Walsh, M. Ed., Leadership Coach, former HR Partner for Mesa, AZ Fire and Medical Dept.

  • Each and every session is about bringing back ONE THING to the fire department in order to have impact

  • Class format is engaging, relevant and energizing

Who Should Attend?  Current Officers, Company Officers, Aspiring Officers, Mid-level Chiefs, EMS, Public-Safety Personnel, Future-Potentials and anyone in Leadership Positions.

This engaging, 3-day workshop and Brave Fire Leader online video sessions helps current emergency service leaders and aspiring leaders to:

  • Use 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.

What are the Benefits and Results to the Organization?

  • Great ROI to the department, Practical, Measurable, Emphasis on Results, Powerful Approach, Flexible

  • Officers that can solve problems and help manage

  • Less problems and issues coming to the Fire Chief’s desk

  • Participants learn to coach their peers and reduce internal personnel issues

Watch our short 2 minute video to learn more.

3-day Workshop Content

  • Leadership Foundation / Preparing Officers / Setting Expectations / Dashboard and 30-Day Accountability Plans

  • Communicating Simply and Powerfully

  • Leading vs Managing

  • Think Comprehensively: High Performance Tripod and Timeline/Prevention Focus

  • Rules of Crisis Management & Leadership or or 10 Commandments of Fire Officer Survival

  • Engage and Mobilize Employees

  • Who are we Leading – Generational Differences

  • Ethics and Leadership Values

  • Passing the Baton

  • The “Coach Approach” to Performance Management

  • Mentoring as a Key Responsibility

  • Various exercises, staff meetings and team activities

Brave Fire Leader Online Video Sessions

Note: Online video sessions are completed at your own pace.

Pre-requisite, attendees to watch this online class the week before class begins.

  • How Fire Departments Train Officers

Post Workshop Sessions

  • Legal Liability and Personnel Management

  • Conflict Management and Having Difficult Conversations

  • Building Your Networks

  • Lessons Learned

Upon completion of the 3-day workshop, each participant will have a accountability partner or will receive 2 coaching and 2 mentoring sessions (1 session per month from May through August, 2022). 

Where: San Antonio, TX

Venue: District 7 Fire Rescue, Fire Station 115

Address: 11615 Galm Road San Antonio, Texas 78254  Google Maps

​When: Tuesday, April 19th through Thursday, April 21st, 2022

Time: 8:30am to 5:30pm
Hotels Near Venue: Link to Lodging

Your Instructors:
Chief Dan Jones and Fire Leadership Coach Kelly Walsh have combined their expertise to bring you the best in leadership development.

What is Included:

3-day Workshop

Brave Fire Leader online video sessions (60-day access)

Accountability Partner from Class (Instruction on use of accountability partner/peer coaching for continued results)


Coaching & Mentoring sessions (1 per month over 4 months, 2 mentoring & 2 coaching sessions, each session is by phone for flexibility)

Leadership Academy Pricing:

$759 per attendee with Accountability Partner, lunch included

  • Optional:  Following the 3-day workshop Coaching & Mentoring sessions can be added for $300 (2 coaching & 2 mentoring)

$1,059 per attendee with Coaching and Mentoring sessions, lunch included

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

Academy Class size is limited to 44 attendees. Sign-Up Today!

For More Information:

Please contact Steven | 408-386-5093 (cell)

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

​Please note the Brave Fire Leader Leadership Academy may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. In the event of a cancellation a notice will be provided with the option to reschedule for a future academy or receive a full refund.

We are not responsible for any expenses incurred by the registrant if a training course is cancelled. If you are considering booking non-refundable airfare feel free to email me Steven Matzat at to verify enrollment.
We understand plans must change, if you find that you unable to attend the academy, please contact Steven Matzat at

Please register and pay for one of the different Leadership Academy options below.

Anchor 2
bottom of page