COLLEGE STATION — Thirty-five fire service leaders
completed the 11th Fire Service Chief Executive Officer (FSCEO) leadership
certificate program, held Oct. 15-19, on the Texas A&M University campus.
The professional development program is delivered by the Texas A&M
Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in cooperation with professors from Texas
A&M’s Mays Business School. 

The goal of the program is to sharpen the leadership
skills of executives within the fire service. The new graduates are company
officers and chief officers from agencies across Texas, as well as Missouri,
Georgia and the Cayman Islands. Since its inception in 2012, 355 fire service
leaders have completed the program.

Fire Service CEO graduate Scott Seifert, Fire Chief of
the Spring (TX) Fire Department, said: “After studying fire service leadership
for over 25 years, the quality of teaching I received from the professors from
Texas A&M’s Mays Business School was better than ever expected.” 

The goal of the weeklong program is to improve the
success of fire chiefs and other command staff in managing day-to-day fire
department operations and to enhance their career growth.
  The program addresses the challenges of
leadership, finance, ethics, and strategic management and planning. Attendees
also learn about creativity and innovation, managing change and transition,
media relations and stress management.

“Programs like Fire Service CEO are becoming the focus of
working adults in numerous career fields, including fire and emergency services,
as it allows the adult learner to attend classes that focus on the
career-related topics,” said Robert Barron, Training Manager with TEEX’s
Emergency Services Training Institute. “The National Fire Academy (NFA)
Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program is recommending the Fire Service CEO
Program to their graduates as the next logical professional development
milestone. As a veteran fire officer, I cannot stress enough the need for
more programs that follow this format to meet the training needs of current and
future leaders of the emergency response community.”

The next Fire Service Chief Executive Officer program
will be held May 6-10, 2019.

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