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Be Prepared for Promotion



March 2022 workshops - Now Open for Registration

Location:  Homer Township FPD
16050 Cedar Road, Lockport IL



April 2022 workshops - Now Open for Registration

Location:  Buffalo Grove FD
1051 Highland Grove Dr., Buffalo Grove IL



Being prepared for promotion and being a good leader means more than just having time on the job and attaining fire service certification or degrees.  To be successful in a leadership role you need to “Be Prepared” ahead of time.

By taking the “Be Prepared for Promotion & Leadership” workshops you can give yourself a better opportunity of placing higher on promotional lists compared to others who did not take the time to learn how to be prepared for promotions and leadership.  Don’t wait until the promotional process schedule is posted, act now and be prepared for your future.  Skills learned throughout this series will also enhance your leadership skills at your present rank and everyday life.

Check-in for the workshop begins at 8:30am, workshop begins at 9:00am.  Lunch is on your own and workshop concludes by 4:30pm.

This series of seminars are intended to be an individual initiative and are not necessarily intended to be supported through Fire Department funding.

The workshops are setup so that you may take one, two or all three.

Registration Fee:

Pre‐Registration ‐ $160 per workshop 


Workshop #1 will focus on oral interviewing techniques, but will also cover the Assessment Center process, career development and long term preparation for promotion.  The afternoon breakout session will be dedicated to small group practicing and critiquing.


Workshop #2 will focus on the techniques of counseling employees and practice exercises.  It will also cover communications skills, interviewing techniques, conflict resolution, counseling, and coaching techniques.

By taking this workshop the candidate for promotion (and current supervisors) will learn the factors of good communications to effectively counsel employees.  You will learn the problem-solving model and the different techniques used to resolve conflicts that may arise during shift work.

The Group Problem Solving & Writing Exercise will focus on how small leaderless groups come together to solve a departmental problem and then write a report on the group’s recommendations on solving the problem.

By participation in this workshop you will learn about the skills, strategies, and knowledge needed to be productive in group exercises.  In addition, you will learn how to gather data, choose relevant data and information, and then present the findings and recommendations in an organized written report.

If you are a supervisor, even if you are not preparing for promotion, this workshop will teach you how to effectively use a group to accomplish a task.  The workshop will also instruct you how to prepare a comprehensive written report.


The Tactical Exercise Workshop will focus entirely on tactical fire incidents and how to apply the basics of Incident Command as a first arriving fire officer.  By taking this workshop the attendee will learn how to apply the basics of Incident Command to actual fire scenarios.  Breakout sessions will afford you the opportunity to participate in a tactical exercise.


For more information:

Slivinski Program Director
Dave Slivinski

General Mailing Address:                       Remittance/AR  Address:

PO Box 7, Skokie, IL 60076-0007           PO Box 4424, Lisle,IL 60532
Tel: 847.966.0732
Fax: 847.966.0782

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