by mobrian on October 11, 2009

The Strategy and Tactics of Administration hosted at Looking Glass Fire Department

Saturday October 24 and Sunday October 25, 9:00am to 4:00pm

7720 W. Grand River Hwy Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Through interactive modules attendees will learn from, and share in the experiences of many Fire Chiefs. Some of the topics covered in this lecture/discussion format include; Purchasing, Budgeting, Planning, SOPs, Fire Organizations, Insurance/I.S.O., Laws/Liability, Leadership, Ethics, Media, O.S.H.A., Mutual Aid, Personnel, Reporting, and Training.

“Fire Chief 101” is a course designed to assist current or potential Fire Chiefs in managing today’s modern fire service. This program is endorsed by the Michigan Fire Chiefs Association. Who should attend? The course is for new chiefs, progressive chiefs, staff officers, “fast track” firefighters, elected officials and Fire Board members. The course was developed by Fire Chiefs, for current and prospective Fire Chiefs. Participants will be supplied with a resource CD containing over 1,500 fire service related files that if printed would fill in excess of 20,000 pages.

This class did not focus on fire ground tactics, but on issues that have not been taught in the classroom, this class dealt with the Strategy and Tactics of Administration in the Fire Service.”… “The quality of instruction and materials received was well worth the time and effort in attending this class. I would strongly recommend this class to anyone who is in the Chiefs rank” Chief Mike Cousins, Michigan Fire Service News Sept/Oct 2001

The course fee is $130.00 per person and includes materials, coffee and donuts (lunch not provided). To register complete the form on the next page and mail to:

Looking Glass Fire Dept.
7720 W. Grand River Hwy
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Make checks payable to: Looking Glass Firefighters Association


  • Fire Chief David R. Peterson, Chief Peterson has been the Fire Chief for Plainfield Charter Township since1993. Previously he was Chief in Fruitport Twp., following sixteen-years with the city of Norton Shores, including five years as Fire Marshal. Receiving his Fire Science degree from Lansing Community College, Chief Peterson has completed the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program and the CFO designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. He was the MFSIA Instructor of the year in 2006. Chief Peterson is the vice chairmen of the Michigan Mutual Aid Task Force, a Past President of the Western Michigan Fire Chiefs, Past Executive Vice President of the Michigan Fire Service Instructors, currently is the President of the Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs.
  • Fire Chief David J. Purchase, Chief Purchase has 34 years in the fire service beginning as a volunteer firefighter for the City of Norton Shores in 1975. Rising through the ranks he was appointed to the position of Fire Chief in 1999. Chief Purchase has been a certified fire instructor for over 22 years and has taught over 100’s fire officer programs around the state. Receiving his Associates degree from Muskegon Community College, Chief Purchase is also an EFO graduate of the National Fire Academy. He has served twp 3 year terms on the Michigan Firefighters Training Council where he held the position of Vice Chair. He was chosen as MFSIA Instructor of the year in 2004. He currently serves on the Western Michigan Fire Chiefs Executive Board and is a Director with the MAFC. In 2006 he was selected as Michigan Fire Chief of the Year. Chief Purchase spearheaded the effort to form a Fire Service Caucus here in Michigan and assisted in the creation of the Michigan Fire Services Bureau as the Legislative Liaison with the Michigan Chiefs.

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