After much discussion, the idea was offered that IABPFF organization should develop its own Executive Development Institute. Chief Holmes was to develop a plan of action to attain this goal. The board also decided that the Institute should be held each year at an African American University.
The focus of course content was to be the development of future Fire Department Officers and that the course content should cover those unique conceptual, diagnostic, and human skills so overlooked in most Fire Department management-training programs.
Chief Holmes developed the course content and select nationally known African American Fire Officials from around the country as instructors.