The Membership Advantage

Building on the rich traditions that have shaped the organization since its founding in 1910, the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association has evolved into an active, powerful organization that still serves its original intent – working for the benefit of Ohio’s fire and emergency services and the development of Ohio’s fire officers.

From award-winning leadership development to advocating issues of interest in the legislative and regulatory arenas to providing timely pertinent information, the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association provides the resources that every one of its 1500+ members needs to succeed.

You add your voice when you join the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association, and this chorus speaks volumes. Our members, as a cohesive group, have advocated:

  • A comprehensive fire code that protects our communities and their residents;
  • The Association taking a leading role for the fire service in our state’s Homeland Security efforts and funding;
  • Codes and regulations that ensure fire department and personnel safety in a realistic context;
  • A call for ongoing education for not only emergency medical responders but also firefighters;
  • Education that prepares current fire department leaders to address today’s issues while training tomorrow’s leaders to step forward;
  • Effective use of electronic communications and the Internet to disseminate information quickly and efficiently;
  • Conferences and seminars that answer the need for current thinking in fire department management and allow time for networking and problem solving.

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Member Benefits

Your membership in the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association includes membership in the Ohio Fire & Emergency Services Foundation, the charitable arm of the Association that offers educational seminars, the Ohio Fire Executive program, a Fellows program and scholarship program. The Foundation has a full range of programs and services to choose from to meet your particular interests and needs.

24-7 Online Membership Access

Members can access their records online to:

  • Make changes to your address, phone, fax or email
  • Register and pay for events
  • Pay dues
  • View payment, registration, and invoice history
  • View event rosters
  • View and track CEU information

Member Discount Programs

Discounted Educational Seminars
From broad-based tactical and fire ground training to more focused programs that prepare officers to lead, the educational seminars are designed to address your particular needs.

Insurance Services
Serviced by Ohio Insurance Services, members can participate in this discounted personal home and auto insurance program.  The program is underwritten by Kemper Insurance and American Commerce Insurance and offers additional savings on top of the normal discounts. Savings can range from 25 to 40%.

Accidental Death and Dismemberment Benefit
Automatic benefit for death and dismemberment through American Income Life Insurance Company - $3,000 is provided to all members at NO COST TO YOU. In addition, CHILD SAFE KITS are available at NO COST. The kits help you gather vital data, photos and fingerprints from your children so they are ready for authorities in the event of an emergency. For more information about this benefit click on the following link: American Income Life Insurance Information

Sprint
OFCA members save with Sprint. Members are eligible for big discounts on Sprint wireless phone plans, data cards and many other devices. Discounts available on both corporate and individual purchases. If you would like additional information, please send an email to Sprint at FireRescueEEProgram@sprint.com or  click: find out more about the Sprint discount

Career Development

Ohio Fire Executive
The OFE Program offers executive-level instruction to chief fire officers who aspire to lead and not just manage. This award-winning 2-½ year program covers organizational development, strategic planning, change management, communications and similar topics crucial for any executive running a highly responsive, successful organization.

Maxwell "21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" in the Fire Service
Program...Designing Tomorrow’s Leader

This 2-½ half day course is designed to present the leadership tenets that have influenced managers and leaders all over the world and includes lessons on each of the 21 laws, small and large group activities, reading assignments, oral presentations, and post class assignments. The Maxwell Program offers a unique opportunity to take lessons learned and put them into practice in the day- to-day operations in your organization.

Fire Officer Classes
Fire Officer I
- A two-week course developed to meet the intent of NFPA 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualification. Upon completion of Fire Officer I, officers are eligible for Fire Officer II.
Fire Officer II - This 44-hour course is the second step in preparing Ohio’s Fire & Emergency Services Leaders for the challenges facing them tomorrow.  Individuals completing this course will have met the intent of NFPA 1021–Professional Qualifications.

Developing the Leader Within
The 2-½ day course is designed to present roles and responsibilities of the Company Officer in the modern fire service organization. Topics include understanding personality/character traits, team-building,  leadership, the transition from buddy to boss, and managing conflict and ethics.

Leadership Conference
Held annually, this popular two-day experience allows for networking, energetic dialogue, self-evaluation and new tools to increase your abilities as a leader in the Ohio Fire Service. The target group for this program is company officers, chiefs, and firefighters aspiring to be promoted. Content includes tactical and operational decision making and developing leadership skills.

Administrative Assistants’ Conference
Presented annually by the Ohio Fire & Emergency Services Foundation, the two day
Administrative Assistants' Conference is presented by industry experts and focuses on best practices in office administration for today's office professionals. Information sharing, networking and educational offerings  enhance the capabilities of your support staff in  the day-to-day operations of your department.

Promotional Testing
A team of current and veteran fire service professionals head up this highly respected program designed to help your community place the right person in the right fire department position. It’s succession planning done right.

Assessment Center Testing
OurAssessmentCenter is custom-designed and simulates the candidates in the position to which they are to be promoted. This detailed and comprehensive testing method includes exercises that most national personnel groups and universities consider necessary for a valid experience.

Professional Consulting Services
The Consulting Division of the OFCA can provide knowledgeable and experienced professionals to assist agencies in finding solutions to a myriad of complex and politically sensitive issues to improve local service delivery.

Annual Conference and Trade Show
Offering a mix of Association business, networking and a variety of educational sessions, the annual conference is a cost and time efficient way to sharpen your skills, expand your knowledge and broaden your fire service network. In addition, the Trade Show offers a unique opportunity for chief fire officers to spend quality time with vendors who provide products and services to the fire service industry.

Information & Idea Exchange

In Command Magazine
Published quarterly and touted as one of the country’s best fire organization membership publications, In CommandMagazine puts the latest thinking and current issues - as well as all you need to know about the Association– in your hands.

OFCA Website
The OFCA website is your connection to wide-ranging information including: the latest news and updates within the industry, program offerings, grant opportunities, homeland security issues, OFE research paper archives, and the annual conference to name just a few.

Members-only content protects and increases the value of your membership. Members-only have access to the Emergency Response System, OFCA’s legislative program, a searchable member directory, opportunities to participate in peer surveys, the InCommand archives, and our strategic plan.

The website is continually evolving to ensure that we provide you with the information you need when you need it – NOW!

The Online Store is your one-stop shop for Association and Foundation apparel and accessories.

Networking Opportunities
Opportunities occur throughout the year to learn informally from your peers. At OFCA events and on the website, you can connect with fire chiefs from around the state who share your concerns.

Political Action

Advocacy
OFCA Members take the fire service story directly to state and federally elected representatives. We seek to impact legislators and policy makers in an effort to enhance your ability to provide for safe communities. OFCA appointments to state boards and advisory bodies ensure fire and emergency services input on actions that affect us all.

Winter Symposium
Legislative and regulatory issues leading the Association’s agenda are highlighted during the Winter Symposium. Legislators, regulators and Association leaders offer insight on how the Ohio fire service can realize political success. The Legislative Breakfast teams fire officers with legislators to discuss in-depth our crucial legislative and regulatory issues.

Fire Alliance
OFCA has joined political forces with the OAPFF and OSFA to speak with a single voice on issues of mutual importance before the legislature.

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