Barnstable County Fire Chiefs Association and the Barnstable County Fire Academy Host Leadership Program


On Thursday May 23, 155 Firefighters and Fire Officers from Cape Cod and the surrounding region attended a one day leadership seminar titled “Fully Involved: Learn, Coach, Lead” presented by Palo Alto CA Fire Captain Mark Von Appen. The program which was held at the Ocean Edge resort focused on the “Big Four” principles of “Do Your Job”, “Treat People Right”, “Have an All in Attitude”, and “Give An All Out Effort”.  


During the day Captain Von Appen took the opportunity to explain how the attendees could use these four basic, yet powerful leadership principles to develop competent and committed teams of firefighters devoted to achieving group and organizational success and the effective delivery of outstanding fire and emergency medical services to their communities. The Captain has presented this dynamic and sought after leadership program throughout the United States on many occasions and securing him to present on Cape Cod was a vital component of the Chiefs Associations and Fire Academy’s cooperative efforts to bring vibrant and motivating leadership training programs to the regions firefighters. Thirteen Brewster Firefighters and Fire Officers attended the program.