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Fire Service Organization and Leadership: More than wearing the white helmet – Topeka, KS

September 20 - September 22


Capital City Fire Service Leadership Symposium 

Hosted by The Topeka Fire Department  and sponsored by the State Capital Area Firefighters Association at 420 SE 6th Street  Topeka KS

September 20 -22 2017  8:00AM – 5:00 PM

About the  program:

This three day program is designed to provide a unique and progressive look at managing today’s complex and diversified fire service.  The student will be given strategies to succeed as an effective fire service leader. Through a series of discussions, role plays and exercises, the student will acquire the tools necessary to function as an effective supervisor.  Additionally, the student will learn the importance of mentoring, coaching, writing and oral communication skills necessary to be a strong fire service leader. Again utilizing discussions, role plays and exercises, the student will learn how these skills relate to the modern fire service. 

Finally, the student will gain useful tools which they can apply to real world issues as they develop their own leadership styles in their respective departments and move forward in maintaining a strong foundation of success. These principals will be reinforced through a series of exercises designed to build a brand new simulated fire department. Together as teams, the students will architect each aspect of the simulated department applying the skills learned throughout the program. 

Lead Instructor: Mike Prete

Mike recently retired as the Assistant Fire Chief at Montgomery County (MD) Fire and Rescue Services. With  nearly 35 years of experience, he served as the Executive Chief. In addition to his role directly relating to fire and rescue operations, he managed daily operational and administrative issues including budget, daily oversight and scheduling for 1100 full time personnel.  With national and state instructor certifications, he served as an adjunct instructor for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, NIMS Instructor for MEMA, Anne Arundel Community College adjunct instructor, Practical Incident Control Training lead instructor and holds various certifications in public safety.


  • Registration at or call 785-478-4053
  • Enrollment fee is only $45.00
  • Payments are to be made to SCAFFA


September 20
September 22
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Topeka Fire Department – State Capital Area Firefighters Association


Topeka Fire Department – State Capital Area Firefighters Association
420 SE 6th Street
Topeka, KS 66607 United States
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