Share your knowledge at the 2023 Fire Chiefs Leadership Seminar

Jun 14, 2023

The League of California Cities is seeking thorough, thoughtful, and complete session proposals for the Fire Chiefs Leadership Seminar. Scheduled for Dec. 13-14 in San Diego, the seminar will showcase best practices, successful collaborations, lessons learned, and solutions for city fire department challenges.

Noncommercial submissions from any individual, group, business, or organization on any topic are welcome. Session proposals must be submitted online by July 11.

Submissions proposals for panel discussions, facilitated discussions, and opportunities for keynote speakers are welcome. Topics to consider include:

  • Leadership and communication skills
  • Succession planning
  • Labor relations
  • Unions and fire chiefs
  • Technological innovations for first responders
  • Behavioral health
  • Emergency response
  • EMS/ambulance issues
  • Employee discipline, investigations, and conflict resolution
  • Wildfires and the state housing laws
  • Your first 100 days as a new fire chief
  • Working with your city council

Member-driven and member-led programming is a cornerstone of Cal Cities’ educational activities, with more than 95% of all programming coming directly from open calls for proposals. When preparing a proposal, try to answer the following key questions:

  • Is the topic new or critical for fire chiefs and staff?
  • Does the session apply to both seasoned and new fire chiefs?
  • Will it draw a wide audience?
  • Does the description clearly state the session’s key takeaways?
  • Will this issue stimulate action and further important discussion?
  • Does the panel reflect the diversity of Cal Cities members and California cities — north and south, large and small, urban and rural?

Proposals are evaluated on their broad appeal, topic timeliness, originality, innovation, interactivity, creativity, supporting evidence, the ability to provoke discussion or thought, and the absence of product or vendor commercialization.

Session proposal tips, along with last year’s schedule and session materials are available on the Fire Chiefs Leadership Seminar webpage. For more information contact Education and Events Manager Christina George.