The Northern Virginia Fire and Rescue Leadership Development Institute (the LDI), was established in 2013 at the direction of the Northern Virginia Fire Chiefs Committee. To address an identified regional gap in leadership development, the Fire Chiefs Committee created a program designed to enhance the region’s fire and rescue leaders’ understanding of the art and science of leadership, as well as the practical application of management techniques and skills.
Annually, the LDI is delivered to approximately sixty company and command-level officers, offering a unique training program critical to succession planning. Historically, the LDI limited participation to students within the fourteen-member jurisdictions comprising the Fire Chiefs Committee. However, in recent years, and as the program has grown in national prominence, select admission opportunities have been made available to students outside of Northern Virginia. By broadening the selection criteria, the LDI continues to refine their curriculum and provides a more encompassing perspective, improving diversity of thought in the learning environment.