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IAFC- Division kicks off the largest class yet in Lafayette

Bienvenue en Louisiane

WHAT: 3rd Annual IAFC-SW Division Leadership Academy Symposium

WHERE:  Louis F. Babin Institute of Fire Training, 300 N. Dugas Road, Lafayette, LA

WHEN:     Tuesday, March 12, thru Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.

DETAILS: Lafayette Fire Department will host the International Association of Fire Chief, Southwest Division, Leadership and Coaching Academy this week at our training facility. 1 Smart Career consulting firm partnered with IAFC to bring this cutting edge leadership academy designed for members of the fire service. Twenty-two fire chiefs and officers from the southwest division of IAFC will be in attendance including members from Lafayette Fire. The academy will begin with a 3 day symposium on topics of leadership, coaching, and mentoring. It will be followed by 4 months of online courses. 

Fire Chief Robert Benoit is a member of the IAFC. He is also the 1st Vice President of the IAFC’s Southwestern Division. IAFC is a prominent organization in the fire service providing leadership to fire departments throughout the United States and Canada. Chief Benoit welcomed the opportunity to have Lafayette serve as a host site. After reviewing the course programming, he was encouraged with the depth of training and believed the outcome to be very beneficial to his members and the fire service in general.

Fire officers from 5 states; Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Minnesota spent 3 days in Lafayette March 12, 13 & 14 for our 3rd annual Hi-Performance Leadership Academy Symposium. Each year since 2016 the Southwestern Division has partnered 1 Smart Career’s Kelly Walsh and Dan Jones to host a 6 month combined real and virtual classroom to deliver exemplary leadership skills to the officers.

There will be a graduation ceremony held for the officers who complete the course. The ceremony is held in conjunction with the Executive Leadership Academy in October.

“Laissez les bon temps rouler.”

At the conclusion of the academy, there was a special treat for the students and instructors. The officers from Plaquesmines Parish Fire Department worked with the host to show everyone what real cajun food is all about

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