Company Officer Leadership Symposium (COLS)

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COLS was the first of it's kind providing company officers with vital leadership tools and training. To date, over 3,100 officers have attended and it's the only program backed by the IAFC, with the support of fire chiefs around the globe.

The program is broken into 3 levels to help those new to the company officer role and those more experienced officers looking to move up the ranks. COLS has set learning objectives, many of which meet the JPRs as outlined in NFPA 1021 (Fire Officer 1 and II) and the IAFC Self-Development Dimensions.

The IAFC Company Officers Section encourages officers of all ranks to participate in COLS.

COLS Schedule (PDF)

Company Officer Podcasts

The Benefits of Credentialing for the Company Officer (mp3) - Chief Reggie Freeman (Lockheed Martin Aeronautics FD - Fort Worth, Tx.) discusses how credentialing will help ensure that the 21st century company officer has the requisite skill set to successfully lead at both the company and organizational levels.

The Role of the Company Officer in Creating a Culture of Safety (mp3) - With a career that spans 45 years, Dr. Burt Clark (Mount Airy, Md.) shares his thoughts on the concepts of culture, safety and being proactive in the area of community risk reduction.

  • Company Officer Membership

    The IAFC's Company Officers Section offers a wealth of information including articles and resources specific to your unique needs and responsibilities. Join the IAFC and gain access to additional tools and connect with other company officers and experienced chiefs.

    Company Officers Section membership is open to all IAFC members.

  • Register for COLS

    Register for COLS and if you're not yet an IAFC member join the IAFC and Company Officer Section for greater savings and added value.



I Learned a Lot

I had a great time and learned a lot from the courses! Honestly I was very surprised due to other conferences that I have been to, I would definitely go again!

– Adam Bowler, Lieutenant, Louisville (CO) Fire Department