Command Officer Boot Camp 2019

SAVE THE DATE May 14-16, 2019 on Pensacola Beach at the Hilton Gulf Front

Current Price is $450, but will be $550 soon. Spouse Registration is $150 and includes full Conference Admission, All Wristband discounts to include, Free Bikes, Beach Chairs, Free Beer, and Establishment Discounts. Link to Register

COBC 2019 May 14-16 On Pensacola Beach

FREE BEER, FREE SHUTTLES, FREE 🏖 Beach Chairs, Free Bikes, Live Music at Night Gulf Side. This is a Huge Spouse Friendly Conference with Spouse Activities. We will have 9 Different Speakers.

Rooms at the Hampton Inn for $145 a night and includes Free Breakfast. The Hampton Inn is next door to the Hilton and it is also Gulf Front Hotel.

Rooms at the Hilton for $159 using group code COM


Some of the speakers

Mike Lombardo
Ray McCormack
Mike Terpak
Frank Viscuso
Todd Edwards
Nick Martin
Eddie Robinson
Mark VonAppen
Shannon Stone
Curt Isakson
Jessica Isakson



BOOK YOUR ROOM Now!! They will be GONE soon.


Rooms for $149 at the Hilton Gulf Front Convention Center. Group Lodging code is COB.

Free Shuttle provided from Pensacola Airport to Hilton on Monday and return to Airport on Friday.  Shuttle ends at 1800 on Monday and Starts at 0700 Friday.

Bring your wife and make it a vacation on the beach. There will be classes/activities for the wives to do.

Call Hilton Reservation  1-866-916-2999

Speakers to include:  DC Mike Terpak “Jersey City” Mike Lombardo “Buffalo”, Mark Von Appen “Fully Involved”, Curt Isakson “BC Escambia”, Todd Edwards “Chief Atlanta Fire”, Chief Bob Buns “FDNY”, Mike & Anne Gagliano “Captain Seattle Fire” and a few more..

Day One

“Leadership and Tactics for all Ranks”

Leadership in the Real World

Expectations in todays fire service

Commanding in the Firehouse and in the streets

Day Two

“Command and Control for the First Arriving up to the First Alarm”

Command and Control of Emergencies

Communications from the Firehouse to the Fireground

Day Three

Leadership & Tactics with Fireground Scenarios

We will also have classes for spouses.  Anne Gagliano, Author and Wife of Seattle Captain Mike Gagliano frequently writes and speaks on the challenges of firefighter marriage. Below is a few links to her articles.

Link to register spouse. Will cover activities, shopping shuttle, beach chairs, paddle boarding, and more………


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Chief Terpak

Chief Mike Terpak will be one of the many GREAT SPEAKERS at COBC 2017. Link to Chief Terpak’s website Fire Ground Size Up.

Chief Burns will cover Leadership in the Real World.

Link to article written by Chief Burns.

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Chief Burns is a retired Battalion Chief from the FDNY. Chief Burns was the Director of the New York State First Line Supervisor’s Training Program at the FDNY from 2007 until 2010.

Battalion Chief (Ret.) Robert Burns, Fire Department of New York

Traditional leadership training classes provide insight and knowledge. They tell us what we should be but often fail to address how to translate this knowledge into action. Effective leadership involves not just knowing things but also having the courage, motivation, and skill to do them. In addition to discussing current leadership research and psychology, the workshop focuses on translating leadership theory into behaviors and skills the students will be able to use on the job in their home departments every day. The curriculum is modeled after the leadership training programs attended by newly promoted lieutenants and captains in the Fire Department of New York.


Pensacola Beach is Paradise!!

 FREE SHUTTLE from the Pensacola Airport. You will not need a car once on Pensacola Beach. We will provide FREE SHUTTLE to and from Airport.

We encourage attendees to bring their spouse/family. There will be activities for your spouse while the conference is in session. We will provide FREE PADDLE BOARDS and other beach activities. Organized nightly dinner/social and discounted prices on food/drinks. Rooms will start between $100-$150.

We will have New Speakers for 2017 and additional breakout sessions to include Senior Chief Classes.  We will cover from step-up Officer  to Fire Chief responsibilities. This will not just be a  Tactics and Leadership Conference. We will cover budgets, Human Resource Issues, Contract/Labor Issues, and many more topics not found at other fire conferences.

All of this on Pensacola Beach during the best time of year.


Chief Mike Lombardo will speak at Command Officer Boot Camp 2016


Fire Company/Command Officer Leadership  

The basic unit in the fire service is not the firefighter but rather it’s the fire company. The person in charge of that unit, the company officer, is vital at the fire scene as well as in the firehouse.  This class will help company officers and aspiring company officers to be prepared for the challenges they face.

The class will also help prepare you for higher level Command positions both on the fire-ground and in your department. Everyday Fire Command Officers are faced with decisions, these decisions range from quick action items on the fire ground that affect the lives of those we are sworn to protect and our firefighters who carry out our decisions, to decisions that can end the career of a firefighter due to personnel actions.  All of these responsibilities are present even while many of us carry out our mission while faced with dwindling budgets.

Topics to be discussed will include how to prepare for that big leap, regardless your route to promotion in a career department or in a volunteer unit you need to be ready.  What to expect when you take command how you can transition from being the new officer to training your company and having ownership of the unit.

This class will also look at the job of a Command Officer from the firehouse to the fire-ground. We will look at what it takes to get ourselves ready to protect the men and women who work for us as well as the citizens who count on us everyday.  We will look at simple In-Box items and go through these to illustrate how we are pulled in many directions but need to maintain focus on the next emergency.

Finally and why we are all here, how to operate aggressively, effectively, and safely on the fire ground.

MIKE LOMBARDO is a 38-year veteran of the fire service and was the Commissioner/Chief of Department of the Buffalo Fire Department from Jan 2006 to Jan 2010. He is a New York State fire instructor and was a member of the development team for the New York State Firefighter Survival and Rapid Intervention programs. He was a lead instructor for FDIC live fire training. He is a two time Firehouse Magazine Heroism Award recipient (1988 and 1994) and the recipient of the FDIC 1999 Training Achievement Award.   Mike provides consulting services around the United States, recently completing a review of the San Francisco (CA) Fire Department leadership as well as a year and a half long audit of the Boston (MA) Fire Department.   Mike is a faculty member of the Fire Department Training Institute at Harrison College and the Fire Department Training Network where he presents and developed the Fire Command program.  Mike currently operates with the Christiana and Rehoboth Beach Fire Departments in Delaware.  He is a consultant and instructor on fire tactics, live fire attack, firefighter survival, and command and fire department operations throughout the United States.



Strategic Command

Battalion Chief Curt Isakson will cover Strategic and Tactical Command. Understanding the difference between the two and one type of command does not fit all incidents, nor does it fit all staffing levels. Chief Isakson works in a county department that only has one line chief officer on-duty for 664 square miles. Sometimes/most of the time, there will be no second chief to arrive and this can dictate your command functions. Curt will also cover Front Yard Leadership and the importance of setting the standard each and everyday. Curt will facilitate this three-day Command Officer Boot Camp that will cover leading in the firehouse, in the street, and getting the most out of your people. This is not only for new fire officers, but the most experienced officers who need to get involved in leading again and take their Command/Leadership abilities to a New Level..

Tactical Command

Operationally involved

You DO NOT WANT TO MISS this three day Professional Developmental Seminar.

You can email for conference questions.


Command Officer Boot Camp 2017 will be May 16-18, 2017 at the Hilton Gulf Front on Pensacola Beach.

54 thoughts on “Command Officer Boot Camp 2019

  1. I would like to attend the Command Officers Boot Camp in 2016 if there’s still availability.

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  4. When my department registered me for the seminar, they had to use my Chiefs name due to his name being on the Credit Card. I need my name on the registration instead. How do I go about doing this?

  5. trying to get a break down of class to submit to chief for myself to attend this class. there is not really a class break down on this website. where could I find that to submit. thanks

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  7. Need details for the Engine and Truck class that is running simultaneous with COBC to turn in with training request.

  8. Do you have a list of the stuff that is being offered for the wives, mine was asking. We can’t wait to get to the conference.

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  10. Greetings from California. Coming out for COBC and want to know if we need bunker gear for day 3? thanks

    • I grabbed a list of events from the concierge desk – looks like registration is from 7:00 – 17:00 today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday) in the Ballroom Foyer. Breakfast Buffet is Tuesday (and probably Weds/Thurs) in the H20 Restaurant from 6:00 – 8:00. Meetings start at 8:00 in Ballrooms A-F (basically the whole ballroom with all the dividers opened up.

  11. I need to confirm my registration (I believe I paid a while back when it was $150). How may I do so? Also.. is there a way to attach my spousal registration to my registration? Also – the group code is not working on either hotel site. Is it a group code or a promotion code? I keep getting : The requested rate is not available. View other available rooms and rates below

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  14. I paid via pay pal months ago, should I receive something other then the pay pal receipt? I want to make sure I’m all signed up.

  15. My job has decided that I can no longer have the days off for COBC. Is there any way to get back the spouse registration? Or any way to get a refund for the ticket my department bought?

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  17. Is there anyway I can get a Purchase Order? This is required for my department to pay for the class. Second where is the registration? I only see the hotel info on the site?

  18. I have a flight to leave at 11:00 am on the 18th. Will I miss and of the seminar? What time will the seminar be over on the 18th.

  19. I need to cancel my attendance for the seminar, due to a scheduling conflict. If I am able to get a refund, great! If not, is there any way my spot can go for someone that really wants to attend but might not be able to pay for the seminar?

  20. Good afternoon,

    My name is Brian Sacco and I unfortunately need to cancel for the 2017 COBC. I don’t know the process for possibly being refunded any money or who I should contact. Thank you for your time and help in this matter.


    • I did just read in a previous post that my registration fee could go to the next year COBC, is that correct?


  21. I am coming to the class early and extending my stay in hopes of doing some scuba diving. So far every charter company I’ve talked to needs 2 to 4 divers to go out. Anyone interested in diving a wreck on the 15th or 19th?

  22. says above that shuttle ends at 1800 on Monday. My flight does not arrive until 1825, Southwest flight 3440. Will I be able to get a ride?

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