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Get Cutting Edge Leadership Training

This acclaimed training is coming to the Pacific Northwest, Washington! The workshop will be held from Tuesday, Feb. 25th through Friday, Feb. 28th, 2020.


Includes 4-day workshop combined with 2 coaching and 2 mentoring sessions by phone following the workshop.

Who Should Attend? Current Officers, Company Officers, Aspiring Officers, Mid-level Chiefs, EMS, Public-Safety Personnel, Future-Potentials and anyone in Leadership Positions.

If a department or attendee is not able to pay the deposit for any reason, please contact Steven Matzat,, or call directly at (408) 386-5093 (cell) and we will make alternate arrangements.

Hosted by the Mason County Fire Chiefs Association

  • This engaging, 4-day workshop helps current emergency service leaders and aspiring leaders to:

    • Use skills they already know to prevent people problems.

    • Learn key areas of focus to improve the impact of their job performance.

    • Have access to over 20 leadership tools they can take back and use immediately.

    • Engage and develop the employees working on their teams.

    • Develop a flexible style in order to lead everyone, no matter their age or style.

    • Think on a more comprehensive level about advancing their department’s success.

Do You Want High Performing Officers in Your Department?

Be as Effective OFF the Fire Ground as ON

  • The greatest deficiency in the fire officer training is leadership

  • When training is combined with coaching, individuals increase their performance by an average of 86% compared to 22% with training alone. (Source: Personnel Management Assoc.)

  • It’s more affordable than you think 

What is a Leadership & Coaching Academy?

  • 4-day Workshop followed by and 2 coaching and 2 mentoring sessions (by phone or Skype) over the following 4 months

  • Combining peer support and 1:1 leadership coaching, great content, facilitation, accountability for results

  • Instructed By: Dan Jones, Retired Fire Chief, Chapel Hill Fire Department and Kelly Walsh, M. Ed., Leadership Coach, former HR Partner for Mesa, AZ Fire and Medical Dept.

  • Each and every session is about bringing back ONE THING to the fire department in order to have impact

  • Class format is engaging, relevant and energizing

What are the Benefits and Results to the Organization?

  • Great ROI to the department, Practical, Measurable, Emphasis on Results, Powerful Approach, Flexible

  • Officers that can solve problems and help manage

  • Less problems and issues coming to the Fire Chief’s desk

  • Participants learn to coach their peers and reduce internal personnel issues

Workshop Content

  • Leadership Foundation / Preparing Officers / Setting Expectations / Dashboard and 30-Day Accountability Plans

  • How Fire Departments Train Officers

  • Communicating Simply and Powerfully

  • Leading vs Managing

  • Think Comprehensively: High Performance Tripod and Timeline/Prevention Focus

  • Rules of Crisis Management & Leadership or or 10 Commandments of Fire Officer Survival

  • Maintaining Positive Media Relations and Social Media

  • Engage and Mobilize Employees

  • Who are we Leading – Generational Differences

  • Ethics and Leadership Values

  • Building Your Networks

  • The “Coach Approach” to Performance Management

  • Mentoring as a Key Responsibility

  • Legal Liability and Personnel Management

  • Conflict Management and Having Difficult Conversations

  • Dealing with Politics or Managing and Leading in Turbulent Times

  • Marketing and Branding Your Department and Yourself

  • Lessons Learned

Upon completion of the 4-day workshop, each participant will receive 2 coaching and 2 mentoring sessions. 1 per month from March, 2020 through June/July, 2020



Where: Grapeview, WA


Venue: Mason County Fire District #3  Google Map

Address: 4350 Grapeview Loop Rd, Grapeview, WA 98546  Google Map

When: Tuesday, February 25th through Friday, February 28th, 2020
Time: 8:30am to 5:30pm



Area hotels with a short 30 minute drive to the training facility.


Your Instructors:
Chief Dan Jones and Fire Leadership Coach Kelly Walsh have combined their expertise to bring you the best in leadership development.

What is Included:

4-day Workshop

4 months of coaching and mentoring (2 mentoring and 2 coaching sessions per attendee, each session is by phone or Skype for flexibility)

Attendee Pricing:

  • $899 per attendee ($25 to reserve your seat)

  • $849 per attendee. Early Bird Discounted Pricing through October 31, 2019. ($25 deposit to reserve your seat)

Remaining balance to be invoiced in December, 2019. (Contact Steven Matzat if you need to be billed at a different time due to 2019 and 2020 budgets)

Academy class size is limited to 44 attendees. Sign-Up Today!

For More Information:
Please contact Steven | 408-386-5093 (cell)

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Please note the High-Performance Coaching and Leadership Academy may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. In the event of a cancellation a notice will be provided with the option to reschedule for a future academy or receive a full refund.

We are not responsible for any expenses incurred by the registrant if a training course is cancelled. If you are considering booking non-refundable airfare feel free to email me at to verify enrollment.
We understand plans must change, if you find that you unable to attend the academy, please contact Steven Matzat at
The attendee has the following options:
• transferring the registration to a colleague
• providing a refund
If you are seeking a refund, provided you notify us at least 45 days prior to the event, a full refund will be provided.
If notice is provided less than 45 days to 30 days prior to the event, a refund of 50% will be provided.
If notice is provided less than 30 days prior to the event in which case a refund will not be provided.

Any no-shows are non-refundable.

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