The Art of the Resume; Tips for SuccessNicholas Christensen, CFO, MPA It could be easily argued that the recruitment process in the fire service is more competitive than ever before. Narrowing down a candidate list for Firefighter interviews via resume reviews is a common part of that initial process. Here are a few tips for you to consider to help you standout: You would…See More
Mentorship; The Good, The Bad, The IndifferentNicholas Christensen, CFO, MPA It would be fair to say that in today’s society there are many different types of mentorship approaches. The ones we naturally choose to hold onto and emulate ourselves are predominantly the positive ones. Throughout a Firefighter’s career, they will get to experience many positive mentors who…See More
The Importance of Relationships in the Fire ServiceNicholas Christensen, CFO, MPA Having positive relationships is critical to the success of any organization. Within the fire service specifically, this is an even more important component to ensure you have your hands around. Positive relationships cannot be built overnight and not all are built the same way. It takes…See More
Preparing for Promotion; The InterviewAssistant Chief Nicholas Christensen, CFO, MPA The time has come to submit for promotion. While always an exciting opportunity, some prepare more than others, and this always shows to a promotion board. Here is some food for thought from experience on both sides of the table: First and foremost, come in with a purpose and dress to…See More
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Fire Officer IV, Fire Instructor III, Fire Inspector II, Incident Safety Officer, EMT, Rescue Technician II, Hazmat Technician/IC, Firefighter II, Airport Firefighter, Wildland Firefighter I, NIMS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800
Currently serving as the Assistant Chief of Training for Federal Fire Ventura County, Navy Region Southwest Fire & Emergency Services, located in southern California. 17 years in the fire service, with six of those years an Active Duty Firefighter for the United States Air Force, holding the positions of Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, Battalion Chief, and Assistant Chief. Credentialed Fire Officer (FO) since 2013, Chief Fire Officer (CFO) since 2018. Master's degree in Public Administration, Bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration, and Associate’s degree in Fire Science. CFAI Peer Assessor, Agency Mentor, and Agency Accreditation Manager.
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