All photography provided by Greg Muhr and Jillian Stewart


Just as the fire ground has changed, so has leadership. This program is not about theories and canned ideas, it's a realistic and honest approach on leading in today's fire service. Students will examine and participate in open discussions covering everything from bad bosses, training issues, diversity, and social media issues. This class is based on real life failures and successes over a 35 year career and provides real solutions to real issues our current and future leaders face.

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Captain Todd Edwards (Ret) has over 36 years of fire service experience. Starting at 16 years old for a small combination department in Ohio, Captain Edwards spent more than 30 years with the city of Atlanta, serving in a variety of positions and divisions, including Assistant Fire Chief.  Although retired, Captain Edwards remains the lead instructor / coordinator for Atlanta’s Officer Development Program.

Captain Edwards works as an adjunct instructor for the Georgia Fire Academy, instructor for Walton County Fire/Rescue and teaches/speaks for numerous conferences and departments throughout the country. Captain Edwards has written numerous training programs utilized by several departments, specializing in department-based curriculums for training and fire ground operations .Captain Edwards also owns and operates Fire-Life Training Associates, along with Breaking Barriers which specializes in disabilities awareness training for both first responders and fire safety for families with children that have special needs.

 Captain Edwards has been recognized numerous times, including the Award of Merit for Bravery and the Fire Chief’s Award of Distinction.