Where do chiefs that recognize the need for leadership development send their officers for that type of training? NYSAFC’s COLT program.

The demands on today’s fire officers are constantly increasing. Traditional training is not enough for today’s fire service leader of all ranks. NYSAFC recognizes that leadership development is necessary now if we are to protect the future of the fire service. It is also crucial for chief officers to support those individuals performing the day-to-day operations of the fire department, as sharpening the leadership skills of your line officers will enhance the overall strength of your team.

For the COLT program, NYSAFC has assembled a cadre of instructors, all nationally renowned experts on company officer leadership both on and off the fireground, for an energizing learning experience.

Additional location added!

Nassau County

October 16–17, 2015
Nassau Community College
CCB Building
Garden City, NY

Registration Fee:
$175 per person – NYSAFC Individual and Department Members
$200 per person – Non-Members
*Pre-registration & on-site registration available.

Click here to download a pre-registration form!


Friday, October 16: 7:00 –10:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 17: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Lectures will include:

“Five Alarm Leadership”

Battalion Chief John J. Salka, FDNY
Five Alarm Leadership is a dynamic program that is designed to energize and motivate the people in your department to perform and excel in everything they do. This program outlines many of the common situations that fire departments and fire companies find themselves in and presents suggestions and solutions to those situations. Chief John Salka, a veteran of the FDNY for 33-plus years, has experienced many of the challenges and hurdles that your fire department is facing. He has learned through his experience as a lieutenant, captain, and chief how to treat people, how to motivate them, and even how to discipline them so that they want to come back for more. Issues such as integrity, inspiration, interest, innovation, insight, and initiative are all discussed and applied to life in the fire house and on the fireground. Join Chief Salka as he guides you through your most difficult but vital role as a leader in the fire service.

“Striking the Balance Between Tradition & Progress”
Chief Mark J. McLees. Syracuse Fire Department
An effective fire officer has many quality traits. One is the ability to keep abreast of current topics, issues, trends, and fads in the fire service. An attribute even more critical is the ability to grasp an understanding of the importance of tradition in the fire service and the officer’s vital role in maintaining the key points of tradition. Unfortunately, striking a balance between these two issues is difficult at best. There is no black and white. This program intends to challenge officers and their ability to perform “critical thinking” as they develop their leadership role.

“Leadership Safety for the 21st Century”
Deputy Chief Paul C. Melfi, City of Olean Fire Department
This program will engage chiefs, officers, and “wannabe” officers (that means firefighters) in critical thinking and situational awareness. This exciting, interactive program will be loaded with information and convincing evidence. If you are a real leader, show up and have fun with us. Bringing your “A” game to the fight is critical to firefighter survivability and injury reduction. Students will be challenged to enhance life safety by self-examination, using case studies of prior incidents. Participants will work on the “16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives” of the Everyone Goes Home/Courage To Be Safe® program of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. If you really are interested in reducing line of duty deaths and injuries, you will participate in this program.

Saturday Afternoon Roundtable Discussion





DATE               HOST
October 21, 2015       West Hempstead