PFD officers participate in two-day leadership training

PELHAM – Twenty-five officers within the Pelham Fire Department recently spent two days engaged in leadership training, according to Fire Chief Tim Honeycutt.

“I felt we needed some good quality time together to ensure that we’re moving in the same direction at the same time,” Honeycutt said.

The training, which took place on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 23-24, was for those in leadership positions within the department. Over the course of the two days, four speakers shared tips on how to be a good leader.

Timothy E. Sendelbach, editor-in-chief of Firehouse Magazine, military veterans Paul Howell and Noah Galloway and Chad Menard of the Madison Fire Department each shared tips on how to be an effective leader. Honeycutt said Sendelbach also shared some management tips and Menard taught some combat tactics and strategies on fire attack, which refers to how firefighters assess and approach a fire to what tactics they use to knock it down.

But for the Pelham Fire Department, different types of training have become the norm. Over the summer the department participated in active shooter and hazardous materials trainings and have practiced putting out fires.

“Since taking over the department in May, one of my goals has been to provide good quality in-house training to help us all be better at what we do,” Honeycutt said. “The guys had a wonderful time this week – they got a lot out of it and we’re hoping to make it an annual event.”