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Webinar: Fire Command Ready – Building a command training program

Follow the SROVT principles – solid, realistic, ongoing, verifiable training – to develop strong incident commanders

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Register to attend this webinar on Wednesday, June 5, at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET by completing the “Register for this FireRescue1 Webinar” form on this page.

FireRescue1’s inaugural What Firefighters Want survey analysis revealed that firefighters want – and need – more incident command training. Nearly 70% of respondents reported less than 24 hours of ongoing command training – a staggering statistic considering the critical skills needed to manage a fire scene.

In this webinar, Chiefs John Vance and Steve Lester will detail how to build a command training program for departments of any size following the SROVT principles – solid, realistic, ongoing, verifiable training. The chiefs will address key elements of NFPA 1561: Standard on Emergency Services Incident Management System and Command Safety and review NIOSH reports to glean lessons learned from incidents in which command best practices were not followed, leading to tragic outcomes. Chief Vance and Lester will provide guidance for how to develop incident command skills focused on adaptability and recognition-primed decision-making, ultimately building sets and reps for future incidents.

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John Vance (left) and Steve Lester

Chief John Vance serves as lead instructor for the Blue Card incident command system and has been in the fire for over 33 years. He previously served for 10 years as the fire chief and emergency management director for the City of Minnetonka, Minnesota, where he was awarded the Chief Kenny Johnson Award (Firefighter of the Year) by the members of that department in 2023. After over 22 years as a Chief of the Department, he recently went “back to the field” as a Battalion Chief for the Chanhassen (Minnesota) Fire Department.

Division Chief Steve Lester has served the Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services since 1996. During this time, he has moved through the ranks to his current position of Division Chief, where he oversees daily operations of the Training Division. He and his staff are responsible for the Recruit Training Academy, continuing education, Pathways and Cadets programs, and records management regarding training. He also serves as a Blue Card Command Lead Instructor.

Register to attend this webinar by completing the “Register for this FireRescue1 Webinar” form on this page.