Company Officer Academy

The program, "The Company Officer Academy" is the result of numerous requests and discussions the chiefs have had with chief and company officers across the nation concerning company officer training and preparedness. Many departments simply promote a new company officer and send them to a new assignment with no formal training. This often results in creating a more stressful and challenging situation for the new officer and the unit.

Chiefs Salka and Lasky have put together a dynamic multi-day program that addresses the many skills and abilities that company officers need to have to be effective in the firehouse and on the fireground.

March 22-24, 2021
Holiday Inn
Conference Room
110 S 2nd Ave.
Kearney, NE 68847

Early Bird Rate 
(ends February 22, 2021)
CSU Students, Alumni, & Learning Partner- $175
General- $200

Standard Rate (starts February 23, 2021)
CSU Students, Alumni, & Learning Partners- $200
General- $225

Holiday Inn: Kearney
110 South 2nd Avenue
Kearney, NE 68847
$109.95/night (book by February 19)
Book Online


Designed For: New Company Officers - Current Officers - Future Officers
The following list of topics are just a few from this new and exciting program series:
·         Leadership and the Leader, Manager, and Supervisor “traits” of the company officer
·         Communications, Motivation, Training, Team Building and Mentoring
·         What it takes to be that great Company Officer
·         The Roll Call: Setting Up and Planning Your Day
·         Your Firefighter’s First Day: The Company Officer’s Role
·         Your Company Officer’s First Day: The Chief’s Role
·         Riding the Front Seat
·         Values - Vision – Mission
·         Performance Evaluations
·         Coaching and Counseling as well as handling Disciplinary Issues
·         Awards and Records of Exceptional Performance
·         Fireground Responsibility: The Company Officer’s role in preventing LODD’s
·         Fireground Scenarios: Tactics and Strategy considering ALL staffing levels
·         Situational Leadership Workshop

Your Instructors:
Chiefs Lasky and Salka have decades of experience as chiefs and company officers and have handled many of the difficult and challenging situations that you are likely to face sometime in your fire service future. They will explain some of the myths concerning performance evaluations and discipline and how to get a handle on your daily firehouse routine. Join them as they guide you through the challenges you will face tomorrow with concepts and solutions that have served them well. The success of a company officer on the fireground is often determined by their success as a leader in the firehouse. This is where the rubber meets the road.

View Chief Lasky and Chief Salka's biographies

Contact or 800-313-1992 for further questions.

Terms for Payments, Cancellations, Refunds, and Substitutions:

All tuition payments must be paid in full upon 14 business days of registration confirmation. Failure to pay by this time period will result in the forfeiture of your registration. You may re-register as long as enrollment is still available.

Cancellations must be made up to 30 days before the event start date. Columbia Southern University will refund half your paid tuition in this time frame. Any cancellations made less than 30 days of the event start date is nonrefundable. Full refunds will be given at Columbia Southern University’s discretion. Any refund issued will be done by the same method of tuition payment.

*Documentation may be required for cancellation.

Columbia Southern University reserves the right to cancel any event that does not meet the minimum enrollment requirements. Should this occur, we will call registered participants to reschedule. If the alternative event is not convenient for you, a full refund will be issued. Columbia Southern University’s liability is solely limited to refunding of event tuition payments.

Substitutions may be made up to one week of the event start date. The substitute must meet the specific qualifications of the event in order to attend. The participant, or representative, is responsible for providing Columbia Southern University with the substitute’s information.

Any event hosted or sponsored by Columbia Southern University is subject to change. This includes -but is not limited to- the event facility, agenda, and instructors /presenters. If applicable, participants will be notified of changes before event start date.

*Please contact if you have any questions about these terms.