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Volunteer Officer Development – Topeka, KS

August 28 - August 30

The 2020 SCAFFA School will be held August 27-30, 2020. We will present Volunteer Officer Development on Friday, August 28, 2020 from 1- 5 PM and will continue on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The last portion of the program be presented on Sunday, August 30, 2020 from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Program Description:

This program will cover a wide array of material to prepare an individual to take on the task of a volunteer fire officer. Career or volunteer makes no difference. Experience has shown that very often those elected or promoted in a leadership role are woefully unread for what awaits them. While many in individuals are solid at the task level, that is, doing thing themselves or even with the help of a partner, most will struggle when now having others to the task. This creates havoc, chaos and discontentment.

The program includes a didactic presentation, many small group exercises, case study reviews and classroom simulation exercises. The major of the program will focus on skills need to “run a good firehouse”. Since much of the time is not spent at actual emergencies, setting the foundation does start with solid leadership providing clear direction and expectations.

This program is presented in a classroom setting for the sharing of didactic information. It then transitions to interactive group exercises, role plays, class exercises and scenario-based simulation exercises.


The goal of this program is to provide you with strategies to succeed as effective volunteer fire service leaders.
Course Objectives

Define the issues and factors breeding power, influence, leadership and team building.
Develop an understanding of personal influence and how traits affect team dynamics.
Develop strategies for creating synergy within teams.
Define leadership types, implementing situational leadership.
Demonstrate analysis of commonly observed conflict issues and develop strategies for managing conflict.
Define emerging issues in emergency services and translating them into opportunities for team success.

Lead Instructor: Ron Richards, Task Force 1, Inc.

– Class descriptions, schedule and instructor information

– Dates and Times of Classes only. Locations will be posted in the Ramada Atrium

– You must log in to the KU Fire Rescue Training Institute Website to register. If you do not have a login, click HERE to view instructions on creating one.



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