ALFRED — The York County Chiefs Association is pleased to share that a successful workshop for new and prospective fire chiefs was held in partnership with the Maine Fire Chiefs’ Association and Maine Fire Service Institute last weekend.
The workshop was held on Saturday, March 20, and Sunday, March 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in Biddeford.
Twenty-six fire industry leaders from across the state participated in the workshop, which sought to provide participants with information and tools to support successful management and leadership of a fire department in Maine.
“We were pleased to have this opportunity to partner with the Maine Fire Chiefs’ Association and Maine Fire Service to offer this workshop, which provided participants with key tools and information to strengthen their leadership and management skills,” said Nathan Schools, York County Chiefs Association President and Buxton Fire Rescue Chief.
The workshop featured topics including the legal aspects of fire protection; professionalism and politics; a fire chief’s role in leadership; financial management and planning; a fire chief’s role in coaching, counseling and correcting; training, safety and risk management; incident management; and community and media relations.
Orono Fire Chief Geoffrey Low and retired Durham Chief William St. Michel served as instructors at the workshop.
While the Maine Fire Chiefs Workshop is a stand-alone program, students attending this program were also encouraged to participate in additional Chief Officer Level Training as a group to include the National Fire Academy Series “New Fire Chief”, Command & Control Module and were directed on a path to MFCA Chief Officer Certification.