ESCI partners with Kelly Walsh Consulting to bring you new leadership training offerings from an acclaimed program that is available nationwide. Both live academies and online leadership courses are offered, targeting the needs of current and future Company Officers and Chief Officers, whether career or volunteer.

Through engaging leadership training academies, Kelly Walsh and her teaching partner Chief Dan Jones (Ret.) are raising the leadership bar for Fire and EMS Chief Officers, Company Officers, and those who aspire to those roles. We know that you train hard in tactics and strategy and are ready for any emergency. And we know that you prepare your future leaders for promotional assessments—but the shortfall comes in training real-world, non-field issues and providing tools and aspiration towards optimum leadership behaviors. Our goal is to equip any Fire and EMS leader with the ability to implement these tools immediately in their work. We like to use the skills our students already possess from field incidents and apply those to personnel and administrative problems.

Kelly Walsh Consulting, in partnership with ESCI, offers a live training academy, traveling to your department or regional group to deliver in person. Also available is the “Brave Fire Leader On-line Academy” that provides similar material, but with convenience in mind. Kelly and Dan have trained 650 students from 150 departments across the United States in these academies. Students routinely report that the training has had practical applications back at the firehouse and have applied skills they have learned, right away, for immediate results.

This engaging training helps current and aspiring fire leaders to:

    • Use skills and strategies already used on the fire ground, transformed to solve and prevent people-problems.
    • Learn key areas of focus to improve the impact of their job performance.
    • Have access to approximately 20 leadership tools they can take and use immediately.
    • Develop and engage the people working on their teams.
    • Know how to lead everyone, no matter their age or style.
    • Think on a higher and more comprehensive level about advancing their department's success.

Two acclaimed experts teach courses in fire department leadership training: Kelly Walsh, M.Ed, a Professional Certified Coach with more than 25 years of HR experience, including 10 years in the Mesa, Arizona, Fire Department, and Chief Dan Jones, Retired Fire Chief of Chapel Hill Fire Department in North Carolina, with 41 years of service experience, an award-winning instructor, and the former Editor-in-Chief of National Fire & Rescue Magazine.

Online/Self-Paced Leadership Academy

A Master Class for Fire Service Leadership is finally here, and it’s accessible 24/7.  Dan and Kelly, the instructors, want to provide leadership training when there are real issues of time, overtime, travel expenses, and family.  A participant can get through each class in 30-40 minutes typically.

Two levels, 21 classes, relevant to your world at your own pace. The Brave Fire Leader Academy is an innovative online leadership program delivered by two of the most respected fire service leadership training experts in the U.S.


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Current Live Academies


Dates: February 25-28, 2020


Dates: March 10-13, 2020

New Mexico

Dates: April 17-19, 2020

South Carolina

Dates: May 1-3, 2020