Summer 2022 Leadership Under Fire Book Club

July 13, 2022 – August 3, 2022

In early 2022, Leadership Under Fire launched our inaugural online book club. The online book club was a conduit to meaningful discourse, reflection and critical thought. The LUF Team is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a summer 2022 book club.

Summer 2022 LUF Book Club Details: 

  • The club will be limited to 15 leaders. Enrollment is on a first come first serve basis.
  • LUF’s chief mentor, Jim Roussell, will serve as the book club leader and Bobby Staulters will serve as the club facilitator.
  • Selected book: “Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • The group will meet digitally on Zoom from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EST) on July 13th, 20th, 27th and August 3rd.

Optimizing Public Safety and Rescue Diver Performance with a Human Factors Approach

June 23, 2022

This Zoom-based seminar is focused on the topic of optimizing public safety/rescue diver performance under stress. Leadership Under Fire’s Jerry Smith will explore how an improved understanding of human performance under pressure serves to enhance diver training and preparation. Additionally, Jerry will highlight individual practices and team coordination concepts that have proven to optimize diver performance and mitigate risk during a working dive incident.

Jerry is currently a member of the Baltimore City Fire Department’s Dive Team where he assists with diver instruction and manages the team’s training regimen. In addition to possessing knowledge and experience in the tactical and technical aspects of dive rescue operations, Jerry is a devoted student of human performance and human factors science. Jerry was featured on episodes no. 37 and 38 of the Leadership Under Fire Optimizing Human Performance Podcast.

Registration is limited to 30 registrants. 

LUF Leadership Development Course

October 16 - October 21, 2022

The LUF Leadership Development Course includes five days of dynamic instruction, discussion and collaboration, oriented on tactical leadership. The weeklong course will be held at a country farm in Maryland where all resident LDC participants will learn, reflect, eat and sleep under the same roof.

Course themes include: the Moral Imperative of Leadership; Mission-Oriented Leadership; Development and Implementation of a Command Philosophy; Generating Tempo and Mental Performance at Fires and Emergencies. The course also includes a command and staff ride of the Antietam Battlefield and a day devoted to tactical fitness.  

This immersive course promises to challenge leaders to THINK about the moral, mental and physical aspects of mission-oriented leadership and optimal human performance in a way that no other program does. 

Registration is limited to 20 resident leaders and 5 non-resident leaders.

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