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Advanced Leadership Training for Volunteers

About This Webinar

Leadership is not just crucial but essential to the day-to-day operations and future potential of every volunteer fire department. While most volunteers join to run calls and serve their communities, it's great leaders who make that service possible.

Identifying, training, and empowering strong leaders is central to departmental success. While the IAFC typically uses organic mentoring and structured classes like the Officer I program (along with numerous educational conferences) to help prepare leaders, many departments have realized a need for more structured and advanced leadership training.

Join us on June 11th to hear about one region's effort to modify a program developed for career staff to serve and meet the needs of volunteer departments. You will learn about the program's development from a career to a volunteer-based curriculum, hear a student's perspective on their experiences during and after program completion, and explore different ways that this program can be tied to other advanced leadership training initiatives, such as the Symposium in the Sun.

Most importantly, this webinar equips you with the knowledge and tools to develop and implement a similar leadership program tailored to your department's unique needs, ensuring its practicality and relevance to your role.

Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter
EMT & Secretary, Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department Board of Directors
A proud native of Minnesota, Aly holds a Bachelor's degree in Bioarchaeology from the University of Oregon, a Master's in Global Ethics from the University of Birmingham in England, and another Master's degree in Intelligence Studies from American Military University. She's worked for several non-profit organizations in East Africa and most recently served as a Legislative Aide to a Congressman from Minnesota. Aly, a nationally registered EMT, is currently secretary of both the Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department and Fairfax County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association in Fairfax County, Virginia, where she lives with her husband and two incredible young children.
Webinar hosting presenter
Operations Captain, Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department (DLVRD)
Webinar hosting presenter
Program Manager, Cooperative Services, LLC
Shawn is a Program Manager with Cooperative Services, LLC. He currently works with Sourcewell on their public safety cooperative procurement initiative.

He has held several leadership positions in public safety association management including Assistant Executive Director for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). Currently, he is the Fire Chief of the Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Chairman of the Fairfax County, Virginia, Volunteer Fire Commission and Board Member At Large for the IAFC’s Volunteer and Combination Officers Section.

Shawn received a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Aviation Business Administration and a Masters of Aeronautical Science (MAS) both from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL.
Webinar hosting presenter
Fire Chief, German Township Fire Department (Ret.)
John M. Buckman III served as a German Township Fire Chief managing volunteers for 35 years. He is most proud of the title “pawpaw.” Leslie his wife has spent 29 years together. He currently serves as Education Coordinator for the International Association of Fire Chief Volunteer and Combination Officers Section. He is the Director of Government and Regional Outreach for IamResponding. He served as the Indiana Fire Academy Director for 15 years. He served as President of the International Association of Fire Chief in 2001-2002.

He has authored over 150 articles in various publications. In 1996 he was selected by Fire Chief Magazine as Fire Chief of the Year in 1996. He has published 4 books and 7 photography books. He received the Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels Meritorious Service Award. The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2022 he received the Jimmy Seavey Health and Wellness award presented by the NVFC. and the Presidents Award from the International Society of Fire Service Instructors.

He was one of the founders of the Volunteer and Combination Officer Section (VCOS) and the National Fire Academy Alumni Association. He has contributed to several “ribbon reports” published by the VCOS. He was asked to be one of the editors for the original Lavender Ribbon Report published by the VCOS and NVFC in 2019. In 2021 he along with Brian McQueen spearheaded the update for the Lavender Ribbon Report. He is a principal author of the Yellow Ribbon Report and the updated updated Training Volunteers white paper published by the National Volunteer Fire Council and the Volunteer and Combination Officers Section.
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International Association of Fire Chiefs webinar platform hosts Advanced Leadership Training for Volunteers
The International Association of Fire Chiefs represents the leadership of over 1.2 million firefighters and emergency responders. IAFC members are the world's leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.