Leaders from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association signed an agreement on May 17, launching the Chief Officer Program — a collaborative initiative designed to provide officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire and emergency services administration.
The UW Oshkosh Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement’s Chief Officer Program will consist of six modules, which focus on different aspects of leadership and management within the fire service. Each module is delivered over the course of a semester. Areas of study include professional communication and writing, leadership in the public sphere, public administration, budget planning and strategic planning.
Students will meet face-to-face one weekend each semester. Classroom instruction for that weekend will be at Volk Field Air Force base in Camp Douglas, Wis. In addition to classroom instruction, there will also be online components and readings to augment student learning.