Trial by Fire

Fire Service Mortar: The Critical Role of the Company Officer

Course Description:

This course is designed to provide the tools and knowledge needed to lead from the front as a Company Officer all while building an effective group of performers. It is designed to target newly promoted Company Officers as well as those who may assume the role in the near future, but will ultimately benefit anyone who has the desire to make change and drive ownership into the company level. The Company Officer truly is the mortar in any fire department. They have the ability to keep their department running strong and efficient with their example, attitude, and passion. In this program I will bring previous military experience as well as experience in my current role to drive home the importance of unit cohesion and how it can have a lasting impact. Key concepts discussed will be preparation, credibility, training, team building, values, conflict resolution, time management, and more. I will share with you the love and passion I have for our fire service. It will be my goal to demonstrate just how critical strong company level leadership is to the overall success of your organizations.  Fire Service Mortar is meant to inspire action and produce results in your company, your station, and your department. I will give you the tools today to make immediate change tomorrow!


I can deliver this program in 2-hour, 4-hour, or 8 hour sessions.

The 2-hour program will be a quick down and dirty delivery that will cover values driven leadership, team building, leading from the front, training and the normalization of deviance that breeds poor culture. I will also discuss the importance of preparing to step into the role of a company officer.

In the 4-hour program I cover everything listed above, but in more detail and expand the conversation on each subject. I will also cover more conflict resolution and discuss having the difficult conversations that are inevitable as a company officer. For this portion, I will teach a systematic approach that has proven to yield positive outcomes.

The 8-hour program will include an in depth discussion on all the above topics and more.