The Winning Firehouse: Changing Culture with Expectations
Thursday, June 14, 2023
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Firehouse culture is one of the most unquantifiable metrics on how effective a fire department will be. In a time when the minimum standard is often mediocrity, this class will dive into what it takes to create a winning culture inside the firehouse. Using intangible lessons learned serving as captain at one of the busiest firehouses in the southeast, the instructor will lay out 10 expectations for both firefighters and company officers. These simple, straightforward expectations will ensure that a winning culture is cultivated among all members with the ultimate purpose of success around the firehouse and on the fireground. This class is suitable for all members from probie up to fire chief.
Michael Dozier is a career captain with Horry County Fire Rescue and writes the fire service blog “The Company Officer.” Formerly a member of Loris Volunteer Fire Department, he has been in the fire service since 2006. He spent 4 years assigned to the HCFR Training Division serving as Lead Rookie School Instructor and is currently serving as House Captain on Squad 1 in Socastee. His firehouse responds to 7,000+ incidents per year. He was awarded the Paul W. Risher Jr Award in 2015 as South Carolina Academy Certified Instructor of the Year. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Columbia Southern University. He is passionate about company officer leadership and firehouse culture.