Division Chief Tracy Winecoff and Battalion Chief Joshua Clay (in photo) of the Kannapolis Fire Department graduated this spring from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Fire & Rescue Management Institute, along with 28 fellow fire service leaders from across the Southeast. The Management Institute, founded in 2006, is a five month, co-hort certificate program designed for company officers, chief officers, as well as future leaders of the fire service. The curriculum is designed to address the complex and evolving roles and challenges that officers face in today’s fire service. Modules include Leadership & Team-Building, Personnel Management & Supervision, Operations Management & Strategic Planning, and Communication Skills & Public Relations. Over 200 fire service leaders have graduated from the Institute since 2007 representing North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. Institute faculty include national and regional fire service administrators, UNC Charlotte faculty from disciplines such as public administration, organizational psychology, business administration, communication studies, and fire safety engineering technology, and leadership and management specialists and consultants. Graduates of the Fire & Rescue Management Institute earn the prestigious Certificate in Fire & Rescue Management from UNC Charlotte.