Company Officer Academy Offers Leadership Training for Firefighters, Fire Officers

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Columbia Southern University teams with Ohio fire district to present special workshop

Firefighters and fire officers can improve their leadership skills with the Company Officer Academy March 3-5 at the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture Conference Facility in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

Sponsored by Columbia Southern University (CSU) and co-hosted by the West Licking Joint Fire District in Pataskala, Ohio, the workshop features a dynamic program that addresses the many skills and abilities that company officers need to be effective in the firehouse and on the fire ground.

“What we do is provide the attendee with the knowledge and information to not just lead better, but to be a better company officer through real life and values-based leadership training,” said Rick Lasky, veteran fire chief and author who is also one of the instructors for the academy.

Joining Lasky will be John Salka, also a retired fire chief and author, to guide attendees through various concepts and discussions of some of the key issues in leading a firehouse. From performance evaluations to disciplining to mentoring, the academy covers a broad range of topics to help fire officers become effective leaders.

Costs for this training are $175 for general attendees and $150 for CSU students, alumni and learning partners. To make a reservation, call 800-977-8449, Ext. 1216 or contact Megan Snyder at Megan.Snyder(at)columbiasouthern(dot)edu.

CSU offers online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees and certificate programs in various fields such as fire administration, occupational safety and health, organizational leadership and business administration.

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Anthony Cornealius
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