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Firefighter graduates from management institute

KANNAPOLIS ó Battalion Chief R. David Winecoff with the Kannapolis Fire Department graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Fire and Rescue Management Institute this spring along with 35 other fire service leaders from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
The Fire and Rescue Management Institute has graduated more than 200 fire service leaders throughout the Southeast United States since it began in 2006.
The program consists of 75 instructional hours covering four modules: leadership and team building, strategic planning, human resource management, and communication skills.
The program is designed to prepare todayís and tomorrowís fire service leaders to effectively guide their staff in the achievement of department, division, or unit goals and was developed to address the ever-changing and complex needs placed on fire service leaders through a comprehensive and content rich curriculum.
Participants represent both volunteer and career departments and range in rank from engineers and lieutenants to more senior leaders including battalion chiefs, deputy chiefs, and assistant chiefs.
Faculty for the 2010-11 Institute included Former U.S. fire administrator and current Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, Charlotte Fire Chief Jon Hannan, and Worcester, Mass. Deputy Fire Chief John Sullivan, as well as other well-respected fire service leaders throughout the region and UNC-Charlotte faculty.
Upon completion of the program, participants were presented with the Certificate in Fire and Rescue Management and North Carolina personnel earned credits toward North Carolina Fire Officer III certification.
The 2011-12 Fire and Rescue Management Institute begins Oct. 5.

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