NFA21The El Dorado Fire Department is better prepared to fulfill its mission of service to the community, following a two year advanced officer training offered by the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy. Lieutenant Coby Spear was selected through a national application process to attend the two year prestigious Managing Officer Program offered at the NFA campus in Emmitsburg, MD.

The National Fire Academy’s (NFA’s) Managing Officer Program is a multiyear curriculum that introduces emerging emergency services leaders to personal and professional skills in change management, risk reduction and adaptive leadership. Acceptance into the program is the first step in your professional development as a career or volunteer fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) manager, and includes all four elements of professional development: education, training, experience and continuing education.

The Managing Officer Program will build on foundational management and technical competencies, learning to address issues of interpersonal and cultural sensitivity, professional ethics, and outcome-based performance. On completion of the program, Lieutenant Spear will:

  • Be better prepared to grow professionally, improve their skills, and meet emerging professional challenges.
  • Be able to embrace professional growth and development in their career.
  • Enjoy a national perspective on professional development.
  • Understand and appreciate the importance of professional development.
  • Have a network of fire service professionals who support career development.

“We are proud to support Lieutenant Spear his efforts to better protect the citizens of El Dorado. “The National Fire Academy provides unparalleled continuing education and we look forward to implementing this advance officer training into all our department activities.”

The National Fire Academy was created as a result of the landmark document America Burning and the subsequent passage of the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974. It is estimated that, since 1975, over 1,400,000 students have received training through a variety of course delivery methods. Countless lives have been saved and property losses prevented as a direct result of this training and education.


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