About Rick


Rick Davis is the founder of the Fire Officer Leadership Academy and a member of the John Maxwell Certified Leadership Team. Rick is a retired battalion chief from the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority (LFRA) in Colorado, and author of The Furnace of Leadership Developmentan Amazon international best selling book. Rick and his daughter co-host the podcast, Firehouse Talks With Jersey Rick: Igniting Leadership Excellence found on Apple, Spotify, and iHeart Radio.

He worked as a firefighter for thirty-seven years and with LFRA for over twenty-nine years. During his time with LFRA, Rick served as a shift commander and training chief. He led several programs including the hazardous materials team, wildland firefighting program, and recruiting program. Rick is a veteran of both the United States Air Force and the United States Marine Corps.

Over the course of his career, Rick has spoken about and taught leadership, decision-making, and other topics to fire service, industry, and church groups. He wrote two research papers on situational awareness and tactical decision-making under stress, and holds a B.S. in Business Administration, an M.S. in Executive Fire Service Leadership, and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.

Originally from New Jersey, he lives in Loveland, Colorado with his wife and their dog, Java. Rick is a student of leadership, military history, and the Gettysburg Campaign of 1863.

Rick collects fire service memorabilia and has an extensive collection of fire apparatus photos. Many of his photos have appeared in fire service books and journals.


Rick's purpose is to impact others through leading, teaching, and coaching, while glorifying Jesus Christ in the process. Rick's marching orders are from the Bible in Luke 12:48, For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.


To learn more about the Fire Officer Leadership Academy, the services Rick offers, or to have him speak at your next event, please contact him at [email protected]


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