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  • 72, Male
  • Chandler, AZ
  • United States
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There Are No Chief Size Fires!

©September 2018JimWickThere Are No Chief Size Fires!ByJim WickWhaaat? Absurd! You’re kidding?   My reactions when I heard the words in the title. But - I was about to learn something significant.A small town 2 station VFD I joined in the ‘70’s elected a Board of Directors who appointed the Chief, who served at the pleasure of the Board.  The Chief appointed all line officers, who served at the pleasure of the Chief.  This VFD was proud politics and favoritism did not adversely affect operations…See More
Sep 27, 2018
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What Do You Win When You Lose?

 © 2018 Jim Wick  What Do You Win When You Lose?ByJim Wick Have you ever been intimidated when first meeting an organizational icon?  I was.  “What do you win when you lose?”  John asked sternly with an intense stare as I walked into his office. I was already intimidated. Now he had me right where he wanted me:  bewildered and confused. It was 1975. I was a young aspiring electrical engineer, in my first supervisory assignment as the Senior Supervisor of Safety & Fire Protection at a…See More
May 30, 2018
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Profile Information

Lives in:
Chandler, Arizona
Department:
Multiple
Title/rank:
Chief (ret)
Years of public service:
56
Agency structure:
other
Professional Qualifications:
BS Electrical Engineering, Grove City College '69
Areas of expertise:
Stuff I think you might like or could use.
Leadership
Personal development/self help
Pumps & Hydraulics
Hazardous Materials
Industrial Readiness, Response & Recovery
Public - Private bridge building
Bio:
Jim Wick in 1961 joined his hometown PA volunteer fire department, where his Grandfather was a 25 year Chief. Earning an engineering degree, he became a successful senior manager in 2 Fortune 100 companies (chemical and semi-conductor manufacturing), a career spanning 8 moves across 7 states (PA WV DE NJ TN OR AZ). He responded with 5 volunteer fire departments, 5 industrial fire departments, and 2 hazmat response teams; serving in all ranks, including Chief. A certified fire service instructor in 4 states, he taught in many more and presented on the main program at FDIC and IAFC conferences. Appointed by 5 Governors in 4 states, he contributed through many boards and commissions and was selected to chair the Oregon Governor’s Fire Service Policy Council. The National Safety Council recognized his life time achievements with the Distinguished Service to Safety Award in 2009. Author of over 2 dozen articles in fire and safety publications, his first was in 1971 in Fire Engineering. Jim, now retired, and his wife, Roberta, reside in Chandler, AZ.

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There Are No Chief Size Fires!

©September 2018JimWick

There Are No Chief Size Fires!

By

Jim Wick

Whaaat? Absurd! You’re kidding?   My reactions when I heard the words in the title. But - I was about to learn something significant.

A small town 2 station VFD I joined in the…

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Posted on September 27, 2018 at 5:02pm

What Do You Win When You Lose?

 

© 2018 Jim Wick

 

 

What Do You Win When You Lose?

By

Jim Wick

 

Have you ever been intimidated when first meeting an organizational icon?  I was.  “What do you win when you lose?”  John asked sternly with an intense stare as I walked into his office. I was already…

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Posted on May 30, 2018 at 1:10am

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