Emergency Services Leadership Institute

Emergency Services Leadership InstituteThe Emergency Services Leadership Institute (ESLI) program is sponsored and hosted by the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association in the interest of addressing contemporary leadership issues that affect mid-level and Chief Fire Officers. The focus and content of the six-course Institute is consistent with upper-level academic achievement and address issues that are either not prominent in other curricula or not structured in a manner that allows for an integrated learning experience over a two-to-three-day period per course.

While the institute is comprised of six courses, each individual course is designed to stand alone as a specific educational experience. The six courses will be offered on a two-year revolving basis. The Institute is designed to allow a participant to start and finish with any course and can be taken in any sequence. Successful completion of the six courses will meet the requirements for graduation from the Emergency Service Leadership Institute. The six courses are Human Resources and Labor Relations; Personal Qualities, Leadership & the Organization; Government Relations and Public Policy; Marketing Fire & Emergency Services; Finance & Budgeting; and Emergency Management.

Enrollment Requisites

  1. Participant must be a Lieutenant rank or higher
  2. Participant must hold a current membership with the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association at the time of registering for each module
  3. ESLI fees are currently $235 per student, per module

NEW! Updates to the ESLI Program:

  1. Registration is on a first come first served basis, regardless of enrollment or wait-list status. Please ensure you register timely as this is a high-demand educational program.
  2. Wait-list request does not guarantee a seat, it simply ensures you are notified about the ESLI program and upcoming courses. Please contact [email protected] to be added to the wait-list.
  3. Elective modules will be added to the ESLI program, the first of which is available in 2024 - Community Risk Reduction.
  4. Equivalency: The Florida State Fire College (FSFC) has agreed to provide equivalency of Chief Officer, a 60-hour course toward gaining Fire Officer III certification, and Managing Personnel in the Fire Service, a 45-hour course toward Fire Officer IV under the following terms:
    1. Students of ESLI must complete the 6 core modules and the new course Community Risk Reduction.
    2. Students that have completed these 6 core courses from January 2012 and complete the new course Community Risk Reduction will be eligible for the equivalencies.
    3. The FSFC will establish the process for obtaining the equivalency, however, all students must present all 7 certificates to gain the equivalencies.
    4. Presentation of the 7 certificates from the period of January 2012 to current will earn the students the equivalencies of Chief Officer, a Fire Officer III course and Personnel Management for the Fire and Emergency Services, a Fire Officer IV course.
    5. There will not be any other substitutions or equivalencies offered or accepted.
  5. Cancellation: Any cancellation of course/series registration must be made in writing and is fully refundable up until 30 days prior to the start date of the class or first class in the series. Cancellations within the 30 day period are not eligible for refund; substitutions will be permitted on a case by case basis.

Click Here to view the article by Francis J. Ennist, Retired Fire Chief regarding the updates and future goals of the ESLI program.

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2024 Public Schedule

 

IMPORTANT PROGRAM INFORMATION!

The ESLI program consists of six (6) core classes and one (1) elective session. To make this program successful and for you to gain the most knowledge and interaction with fellow participants, we ask that you adhere to the following basic rules. Instructors are not permitted to vary from the rules and students are expected to conduct themselves accordingly.

1. All students are expected to arrive on time and be prepared at the starting time for each class. Class start times may vary slightly depending on instructor needs and facility availability.

2. Both students and instructors are expected to dress in business casual attire meaning no t-shirts or shorts. Comfort is important, however, professional appearances for professional people is also important.

3. All student tuition must be paid upfront through the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Assn (FFCA) or by contacting a member of the FFCA staff to accept payment.

4. Where possible, the FFCA will provide a session workbook for you to make notes, or follow the program. This will also provide you with some take-a-away information for later use at your agency.

5. Both instructors and students are expected to maintain a learning environment, free of bullying, disparaging remarks, and a constant respect for each other’s opinions or questions.

6. Due to our affiliation agreements with other agencies, students are expected to attend all hours of the ESLI session. Understanding that there may be an unforeseen issue, instructors are permitted to approve 1-hour of tardiness per day. If you know that you have other obligations that prohibit you from attending all hours or cannot meet the 1-hour allowable tardiness, you must reschedule your attendance in another session of the same topic. There will be no exceptions. Instructors will be required to report to the FFCA office, any attendee that cannot meet this obligation.

7. Should you find that you have registered for a session and can no longer attend it for whatever reason, students are required to contact the FFCA office for options on either substituting another member of your agency, a refund, or credit toward a different scheduled session.

Your assistance in helping to maintain these simple, yet necessary rules will allow the best possible chance of providing a true learning and sharing environment. Again, thank you for participating and we look forward to seeing you in other sessions.

 
2024 Public Schedule

Class Begins at 8:30 am - 5 pm

Broward County Schedule Seminole County Schedule

City of Tamarac Fire Rescue Dept.
6000 N. Hiatus Road
Tamarac, FL 33321

Lake Mary Community Center
140 E. Wilbur Avenue
Lake Mary, FL 32746

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2023-2024 Schedule 2024-2025 Schedule

December 5-6, 2023 (Tues-Weds)
Personal Qualities, Leadership and the Organization

June 19-20, 2024 (Weds-Thurs)
Emergency Management

Class Location:
Seminole County EOC
150 Eslinger Way | Sanford, FL 32773

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Hotel Information:
 Marriott Orlando Lake Mary
1501 International Parkway 
Lake Mary, Florida 32746
 
Room Rate: $135.00 per night 
Book By: June 5, 2024
January 23-24, 2024 (Tues-Weds)

Government Relations and Public Policy

July 9-10, 2024 (Tues-Weds)
Personal Qualities, Leadership and the Organization

Class Location:
City of Oviedo Cultural Center
357 Center Lake Ln.
Oviedo, FL 32765

CLASS FULL

Hotel Information:
Residence Inn Orlando East/UCF Area
1651 University Blvd.
Orlando, Florida 32817

 

Room Rate: $140.00 per night
Book By: June 8, 2024
February 20-21, 2024 (Tues-Weds)

Emergency Management

August 6-7, 2024 (Tues-Weds)
Government Relations and Public Policy

Class Location:
City of Oviedo Cultural Center
357 Center Lake Ln.
Oviedo, FL 32765

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Hotel Information:
Residence Inn Orlando East/UCF Area
11651 University Blvd.
Orlando, Florida 32817
 
Room Rate: $140.00 per night
Book By: July 5, 2024
March 19-20, 2024 (Tues-Weds)

Marketing Fire and EMS

September 17-18, 2024 (Tues-Weds)
Community Risk Reduction*

Class Location:
City of Lake Mary Community Center
140 E. Wilbur Avenue
Lake Mary, FL 32746

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*Elective for equivalency toward Florida Fire Officer III and Fire Officer IV certification
April 16-17, 2024 (Tues-Weds)

Finance and Budgeting

October 22-23, 2024 (Tues-Weds)
Marketing Fire and EMS

Class Location:
City of Oviedo Cultural Center
357 Center Lake Ln.
Oviedo, FL 32765

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Hotel Information:
Residence Inn Orlando East/UCF Area
11651 University Blvd. 
Orlando, Florida 32817
 
Room Rate: $140.00 per night
Book By: September 21, 2024
May 14-15, 2024 (Tues-Weds)

Human Resources and Labor Relations

Hotel Information:
Fairfield Inn & Suites-Ft. Lauderdale NW
6800 NW 88th Avenue
Tamarac, FL 33321
 
Room Rate: $119.00 per night
Book By: May 1, 2024
 

November 12-13, 2024 (Tues-Weds)
Finance and Budgeting

Class Location:
City of Lake Mary Community Center
140 E. Wilbur Avenue
Lake Mary, FL 32746

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June 25-26, 2024 (Tues-Weds)
Community Risk Reduction*

Hotel Information:
Fairfield Inn & Suites-Ft. Lauderdale NW
6800 NW 88th Avenue
Tamarac, FL 33321
 
Room Rate: $99.00 per night
Book By: June 15, 2024

*Elective for equivalency toward Florida Fire Officer III and Fire Officer IV certification

December 3-4, 2024 (Tues-Weds)
Human Resources and Labor Relations

Class Location:
City of Oviedo Cultural Center
357 Center Lake Ln.
Oviedo, FL 32765

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Hotel Information:
Residence Inn Orlando East/UCF Area
11651 University Blvd. 
Orlando, Florida 32817

Room Rate: $140.00 per night
Book By: November 2, 2024