Officer Development Series

Our online Officer Development Program consists of a series of articles that provide insight and techniques that will help new officers understand and develop the leadership, management, and administrative skills needed to perform at their highest level. This series was developed by Deputy Chief Frank Viscuso, co-author of the best-selling books Fireground Operational Guides and The Mentor.

The “Best Ideas” Have to Win
Pushing vs Pulling
After Action Review
Managers verses Leaders
Public Speaking
Trust & Loyalty
Leadership Traits
Firehouse Tours for Children
Critiquing Others
Report Writing
Subordinate Problems – the 3U’s
Creating a Culture of Customer Service

Click here to see our available officer development classes.

Test Your Knowledge

One of our goals at is to prepare firefighters at all ranks to take promotional exams as well as ready them for battle in the street. When it comes to promotional exams, our objective is not just to ensure that each and every member is prepared for scenario challenges; we help firefighters think outside the box in many instances and provide them with an enhanced level of education to ensure not only a great score, but a battle ready fire officer. A good test designer, promotional exam, and subject matter expert should design test scenarios to prepare current and future fire officers to meet the realistic challenges presented today. DC Michael Terpak designed the Test Your Knowledge scenarios with that in mind. We encourage you to print them out and utilize them as a tool to help prepare for exams and real life incidents.

Test Your Knowledge – Rapid Intervention Crew
Test Your Knowledge – Oil Burners – White Ghost
Test Your Knowledge – Oil Burners – Delayed Ignition
Test Your Knowledge – Illegal Multiple Dwellings
Test Your Knowledge – High-Rise
Test Your Knowledge – Exposure Delta
Test Your Knowledge – Engine Company Ops – Small Hoselines
Test Your Knowledge – Engine Company Ops – Large Hoselines
Test Your Knowledge – Chief Officer – Smoke in the Basement
Test Your Knowledge – Chief Officer – Conflicting Radio Reports
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