Wednesday, May 13

 8 a.m. — 9:30 a.m. 

Tribal Leadership, A Process For Fire Service Organizational Improvement 

This 90 minute interactive program will discuss the benefit of the fire service integrating the Tribal Leadership principles. The key to operating a successful fire department is understanding what inspires and motivates firefighters to work collaboratively as a cohesive team/ tribe. The fire service performs highly critical work, that can be the difference between life and death. They perform this work under extreme pressure. Optimum performance depends on a well-oiled team working in unison towards a clearly defined and agreed-upon mission. We hear daily of dysfunctional and poor performing firefighters. On the other hand, we occasionally hear of well-performing teams.  Research by the authors of Tribal Leadership provides an evidence-based understanding of human performance in the workplace.  


This research has demonstrated the key to developing and maintaining high performing tribes is culture, values, and a cause. The challenge is to align your tribe on those 3 attributes. Through the research of the Tribal Leadership Team, they identify 5 tribal stages. From the Stage 1 loner/anarchist to the high performing, to self-driven and highly motivated Stage 5 tribe.  Based on the description of tribes this research clearly related to the fire service. This program will demonstrate the clear correlation of tribal leadership and the tribal stages to the fire service. It will detail how firefighters to chiefs can identify the attributes of individuals and tribes; and use this understanding of tribes to improve organizational performance. They will be able to match behaviors and languages with each stage. It will provide a clear understanding of how the behaviors and performance of each tribal stage effect fire department performance and morale.



The program will detail how to build high performing tribes and the positive impact the will have on day-to-day, as well as long-term operations and morale. This program will provide a proven process to improve personal & organizational performance in a methodical manner based on extensive and detailed research. This program/discussion will provide evidence-based best practices to attain optimal Tribal status through a structured and organized process. Culture, values and having a noble cause (mission/purpose) are key to developing high performing tribes. We will discuss in detail how these characteristics whether in a station or on the fireground, impact an organization at all 5 tribal stages. Objectives * -Understanding organizational tribes and their correlation to the fire service -Understanding why utilizing the Tribal Leadership concept and processes is beneficial to the fire service -Understanding the importance of Culture, Behavior & Causes/Mission in building successful tribes

Cost: Free

INSTRUCTOR:  Chief Correia is a 43-year member of the emergency services.  Served as a Chief Officer in Fire & EMS, for over 25 years; including volunteer, combination & career organizations. He is the retired Director of the Burlington Township NJ Fire Dept. Prior he was Fire Chief in Warrensburg MO. He continues to be an active firefighter and parmedic. Member of the Bucks County Technical Rescue Task Force.  He is active in many local, state and national organizations, including the International Association of Fire Chiefs, N.J. Fire & EMS Institute, NJ Career Fire Chiefs, International Society of Fire Service Instructors,National Fallen Fire Firefighters Foundation.  NJ Fire Safety Commission - Training & Education Committee. He is on the Board of Directors for the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association. He currently is the 2nd Vice President of The NJ State Fire Chiefs Association. He has completed the Executive Fire Officer Program through the National Fire Academy and is a Certified Public Manager from the American Academy of Certified Public Managers. Selected by a competitive process to teach for NJ Division of Fire Safety past 8 semesters. Presented at the following: FDIC 2016, 2018 & 2019, (Tribal Leadership in 2019). NVFC Training Summit 2019, IAFC’s Eastern Division Conference in 2019. ISFSI Conference 2017, FireHouse Expo - 2015, First Crew Resource  Management Conference - 2015.