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I am creating a Company Officer Development Program for our department. I am collecting data from other departments about their Officer Development Programs. I am looking for input on areas like Formal Education, Practical Education, Mentorships, Candidate Evaluations. I would appreceiate all input. Please feel free to email me your ideas and information. Thank you, be safe.

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Comment by Paul Tate on February 5, 2009 at 1:13pm
The NFA MCTO series would be a good starting point for those who want to become company level officers. It is desgined to teach tactics to the co. officer and is broken down into 3 modules. Your state fire academy folks should be able to help you with it.

FYI...Cobb County GA is going to make a Associate degree the minimum requirement for testing for company officer promtions. Cobb is a suburb of Atlanta and is one of the most progessive depts. in the ATL area.
Comment by John Ortlund on February 1, 2009 at 12:22pm
Thank you Mike. I appreciate your help. Be Safe.

Comment by Michael Bricault (ret) on February 1, 2009 at 10:48am
John, we have such a program being completed at the moment and it should be on line this summer. The program consists of 40 hours of classroom time for all persons wishing to take the promotional test or being eligible to upgrade to company officer.
The class deals with tactics, strategy, personnel management, conflict resolution, report writing, sexual harassment and violence in the work place as well as rules and regs and the disciplinary guidelines.
The promotional process is the usual written test based on a reading list, rules and regs and the contract.
For more information on the officer development course you can contact the City of Albuquerque Fire Training Academy and ask for Chief Downey, the director and course creator, for more specific information.

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