Ventura Fire Captain graduates from prestigious leadership academy

Mayor Matt LaVere, Assistant Fire Chief Matt Brock, Fire Captain Shawn Hughes and Fire Chief David Endaya attended the graduation.

Ventura City Fire Captain Shawn Hughes graduated from the Los Angeles Fire Department Leadership Academy Class 19-03 on October 10. He is the first Ventura Firefighter to graduate from the very prestigious program. He waited patiently for four years to have the opportunity to get a seat! The wait list is long.

The Leadership Academy is an intensive graduate level course providing in depth leadership training. The foundation for the Leadership program was developed at the United States Military Academy at West Point and was adapted to the leadership concerns of the fire service today.

The instructors come from many different agencies and disciplines including the FBI, Homeland Security, USC Football, Command Staff of the LAPD, Command Staff of the LAFD, PhD’s, Active Shooter Experts, NFL Football, US Military, and Human and Sex Trafficking National Leaders. This collaboration provides participants with a wide range of leadership topics and challenges facing the 21st Century Leader.

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