In May of 1991, the pilot Institute Training Program was held at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida with 45 students. During that week of training, students were introduced to a wealth of new ideas and concepts centered on preparing them to become top-notch Fire/EMS managers. With the success of that first year, additional training modules were added and interest grew in this exciting new program. A move, in 1996, to the campus of Dillard University in New Orleans, LA brought the opportunity to increase our enrollment and expand our program. Students spread throughout five modules were given instruction in areas such as the budget process in a department or city, how to develop community based fire/EMS programs, or media relations. EDI’s students, instructors, and administration enjoyed an atmosphere fostered by working on a common goal and sharing experiences, strengths, obstacles, and successes with one another.
In 2006, EDI moved to Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia due to damage at Dillard University from hurricane Katrina. Our success has already been noted both nationally and locally. Many of our students have expressed that their promotion to higher ranks within their departments can be linked to their attendance at EDI.
In 2011, EDI returned to Dillard University after repairs were made from the devastation of hurricane Katrina, and celebrated its 20th year anniversary.
In 2016, The Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute celebrated its 25th year anniversary.
2020 bought on COVID-19 and paralyzed all learning institutions and businesses throughout the country, including Dillard University and EDI.
Moving into our 30th year, EDI continues to strive to prepare Firefighters through Chiefs with the skills necessary to successfully move through the ranks in the fire service. There are still many who have not heard of EDI and could benefit greatly from attending. Many graduates from various backgrounds have already benefited from the training received at The Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute.
It is my hope that as we tackle what lies ahead, we will once again be on course for “Preparing Tomorrows Leaders in the Fire/EMS Service”.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]