Company Officer Development Institute

Company Officer Development Institute

The Columbus Fire Department will be hosting the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s Company Officer Development Institute this week.

The class is being attended by fire personnel from 11 fire departments from around the state 30 of which belong to Columbus Fire Department.

This course will include the following National Fire Academy courses:
Leadership I for Fire and EMS: Strategies for Company Success
Leadership II for Fire and EMS: Strategies for Personal Success
Leadership for Fire and EMS: Strategies for Supervisory Success

Columbus Fire Department is honored to host and participate in this prestigious class. The City of Columbus will, without a doubt, benefit greatly from the knowledge and experience that these instructors bring with them.                             

Richard B. Gasaway (left) entered the fire service in 1979 and has served as firefighter, paramedic, lieutenant, captain, assistant chief and fire chief in 6 fire and EMS agencies in West Virginia, Ohio and Minnesota. In addition to his fire service career, Chief Gasaway founded the Gasaway Consulting Group in 1992. The Group’s associates focus their efforts toward helping organizations and leaders learn and grow, sharpen their focus, solve problems, facilitate change, improve motivation, understand human behavior, enhance safety, improve efficiency and maximized productivity. In 2009, Chief Gasaway founded the Center for the Advancement of Situation Awareness and Decision Making, an organization dedicated to improving how individuals, teams and organizations make decisions in stressful environments. Chief Gasaway holds bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in finance, economics, business administration and leadership. He is a resident faculty member at the National Fire Academy and is an instructor in the Executive Development Program for the Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and is an Accredited Chief Fire Officer through the Commission for Public Safety Excellence. As a professional speaker and author, Dr. Gasaway has contributed to more than 130 books, book chapters and journal articles on topics related to leadership, safety and decision making.  

Patrick Harper (right) is a 15-year veteran of the fire service and has served on volunteer, combination, and career fire departments.  He works for the Indianapolis Fire Department and is currently assigned to Ladder 13, which serves a mix of high-rise, industrial, and residential areas of the Downtown and near-Westside areas of Indianapolis. Patrick has held supervisory positions in both the public and private sectors.  In addition to his full-time job with Indianapolis, he coordinates all state fire and rescue training in a nine-county area of northwestern Indiana.  Patrick has been teaching Company Officer Development for the past two years. Patrick previously served as the Planning Team Manager for Indiana Task Force 1 which is one of twenty-eight Federal Urban Search and Rescue Teams in the United States.  While with the team, Patrick assisted with the planning and coordination of search and rescue missions in Biloxi, Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, and Galveston, Texas, after Hurricane Ike.  Patrick holds an A.S. in Organizational Leadership and Supervision, and a B.S. in Public Safety Management in August.

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  • Richard B. Gasaway (left) Patrick Harper (right)

    Richard B. Gasaway (left) Patrick Harper (right)

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