HOW TO WIN A BUDGET ARGUMENT The Post-Fire Evaluation -- A Case for Quantifying the Concomitant Save by Eric Saylors, Captain Sacramento Fire Department One of our greatest challenges in public safety is articulating our value and worth in a quantifiable manner. Unquestionably, our greatest contribution to public safety is not what we create, but rather what we mitigate, or prevent. For instance, we are called to a fully involved fire. The area of origin of the fire, e.g., a structure…See More
The budget, adequate funding. What does the future hold, e.g., new technology, terrorism.
Currently enrolled in the graduate program of the U.S. Naval Academy and Homeland Security.
One main topic is terrorism, including cyber terrorism, and the fire service.
Fire Captain, Sacramento Fire Department, 2002 - current
Fire fighter, Engineer/Apparatus Operator, 1998 - 2002
Fire fighter, Sacramento Fire Department , 1996 - current
Paramedic, Sacramento Fire Department, 1996 - current
Paramedic preceptor, Sacramento Fire Department, 1997 - 2007
Bachelor of Science Degree, Business and Strategic Planning, California State University, Sacramento
One of the founding owners of Mobius eXchange, maker of apps for the fire service, e.g., Hydrants.
Product Designer for Mobius eXchange.
Topics you provide training for:
With my work in a high call-volume fire department as a captain, a fire fighter, an engineer, and a medic, combined with my work in my technology company, Mobius eXchange, and as a student in the Naval Academy/Homeland Security graduate program, areas where I am able to provide training, include:
Areas of expertise:
Technology, terrorism, high call volume, budgeting.
Bio - Professional:
Hello, I'm Eric Saylors, a hazmat and rescue certified captain with the Sacramento Fire Department. I'm also a medic (even though I'm a captain, I still have my credentials for paramedicine. Also, even though I am a captain, I still am a fire fighter), and I was a paramedic preceptor and engineer for many years. I work for the Sacramento Fire Department, one of the highest call volume systems in America.
I have recently been accepted to the graduate program that the Naval Academy operates in conjunction with Homeland Security. 32 people have been accepted to this program. One of my primary tasks will be to earn this Homeland Security graduate degree and apply it to my fire department. I've already started this, and this is the genesis of the article that I would like to send to you. The topic of this article -- budgets and how to accurately value the worth of a fire department -- is an idea whose time has come, and this discussion needs to take place throughout fire departments across the United States. Continuous overtime, brownouts and reduced crew size is not the solution. One thing I know for sure is that fire fighters all over the world are passionate about this topic and I can't think of better reader than a passionate reader.
If you'd like to know about my school, the website of the Naval Academy and Homeland Security graduate program is www.chds.us. This is not an online school.
Bio - Personal
I have the good fortune of having a father who was a fire fighter for over 25 years. He was a captain and is now retired. I benefit from his generation's experience and I am proud to walk in his footsteps. Captain Saylors, my dad, was a very talented fire fighter and captain, respected and well-liked in the department; part of the reason for this was because he always watched out for his crew, and he was a darn good cook. People still ask him to make his chicken cordon blue.
I have a wonderful wife and two children. A great deal of my motivation stems from concern for my children.
One of my favorite hobbies is flying. I've been a pilot for about ten years.
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