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1st Annual Nitro Leadership Academy on May 4th-7th, 2023

MissionCIT, LLC, in partnership with the Nitro Fire Department is proud to present the 1st Annual Nitro Leadership Academy on May 4th-7th, 2023. This four-day training event features renowned fire service leaders and speakers from across the country.

We will be gathering in Nitro, West Virginia at the Mardi Gras Casino & Resort to present keynote presenters and 90-min breakout sessions and command-themed topics.  This is an exciting opportunity to learn from some of the best fire service leaders in the country.  The group of distinguished officers has presented at FDIC, FRI, IAFC Symposium in the Sun, and numerous state/local conferences.  Come learn from these leaders and network with firefighters from across the state of West Virginia and beyond.

Networking Social Event on Friday May 5th

MissionCIT will be hosting a Networking Social Event on Friday May 5th, which is included in the registration fee.  The academy begins on May 4th with check-in/registration from 11:00-1:00pm. Welcome address and breakout sessions follow.

Please sign up below under ‘Book Event’!   All fees are included.

  • When:                  May 4-7 | See daily schedule below
  • Where:                 Mardi Gras Casino & Resort |  1 Greyhound Dr. Cross Lanes WV 25313
  • Price:                    Early Bird $325 per attendee | After 5-April-2023 $375 each – advanced payment required – if your department is paying, please email wfisher@dev-lsws.missioncit.com with attendees and billing details.
Key Note Speakers:
  • Deputy Chief Steve Prziborowski, Santa Clara (CA) Fire Department, Courage Under Fire Leadership: Leadership Starts with Us

Steve Prziborowski has over 31 years of fire service experience, recently retiring as a Deputy Chief with the Santa Clara County (CA) Fire Department. He is an adjunct instructor for the Chabot College (CA) Fire Technology Program, a Contract Instructor for the National Fire Academy (MD) and is still actively involved in the fire service through speaking, writing, coaching, and mentoring personnel aspiring to either get hired or get promoted.

  • Deputy Chief Tiger Schmittendorf, Erie County (NY) Fire Department, Recruiting for the Fire Service and all other Religions

Tiger Schmittendorf is Vice President of Strategic Recruitment & Retention Services for First Arriving, a full-service marketing and technology team supporting the public safety community and headquartered in Richmond VA. He served the Erie County Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Services (Buffalo, NY) for more than 20 years before retiring as deputy fire coordinator in 2018. He created a recruitment effort that doubled his own fire department’s membership and helped net thousands of new volunteers countywide. A frequent presenter on leadership, incident management, connecting generations, and volunteer recruitment and retention.

Registration fee includes access to daily keynote and breakout sessions.



May 04 - 07 2023

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: May 04 - 07 2023


Mardi Gras Casino & Resort


Mardi Gras Casino & Resort
1 Greyhound Drive, Cross Lanes, WV 25313

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