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James Johnson
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  • Vancouver, BC
  • Canada
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Profile Information

Lives in:
Vancouver
Department:
Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services
Title/rank:
Firefighter
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Professional Qualifications:
Fire Instructor II
Red Seal Journeyman Carpenter
Technical Rescue Member (Structural Collapse, Technical High Angle Rope Rescue, Trench Rescue, Confined Space)
Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Member - Canada Task Force 1
Topics you provide training for:
Building Construction
Areas of expertise:
Building Construction
Bio:
James Johnson is a Firefighter for Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  He is currently assigned to Firehouse 1 and is part of the Special Operations Technical Rescue Team, as well as Canada Task Force One USAR Team. James is a certified Fire Service Instructor II and teaches at the Justice Institute of British Columbia in the Fire and Safety Division.
Before becoming a career firefighter, James spent a number of years in the construction industry and completed an apprenticeship and the technical training to become a Red Seal Journeyman Carpenter. James serves as a Technical Committee member for NFPA 5000, and is a FDIC presenter.
Web site:
http://www.twitter.com/ffjamesjohnson

James Johnson's Blog

The Well-Rounded Firefighter

Today during some rare downtime at work, I was privileged to receive a phone call from a man that I greatly look up to named Chief Jack Murphy. If you are in the fire service and do not recognize his name, I guarantee that he has impacted your career in some manner, whether you are aware of it or not, from the tireless work he has done advocating on our behalf for safety within the building codes.

Our conversation ranged from the recent Grenfell Tower fire in London, combustible…

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Posted on July 22, 2017 at 3:25pm

True Aggressiveness Comes from Knowledge

It seems like nearly every time I open my social media accounts I stumble across an argument or negative comments between those who claim to be aggressive firefighters, and those who claim to subscribe to the science side of the fire service. I don’t know if it is due to ego, bravado, or just plain ignorance, but somehow many of us have missed the point that both of these things have to go hand-in-hand. Aggressiveness without knowledge is just recklessness, and knowledge without proper…

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Posted on February 7, 2017 at 12:58pm

Training: The Buck Stops with You

How did we get to a place as firefighters where we have the expectation that all training has to be presented on a silver platter and spoon fed to us? I know this is not the case everywhere, but far too frequently I seem to encounter a mindset that all training or knowledge needs to come from the training department in an official capacity. There is so much valuable information available to us through the internet, social media, and through printed publications such as Fire…

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Posted on January 24, 2017 at 10:36pm

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