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It must suck to hate your job so much
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Why do people who spend most of their time complaining about the systems, processes, personnel, policies, and everything else remain in the fire service? How do you handle these people? What have you…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jonah Smith Jun 7, 2014.


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Lives in:
Lake Tapps, WA
Valley Regional Fire Authority
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Growth, leadership, disproportionate size of training division per number of line personnel.
Professional Qualifications:
Training Officer, ISO, Technical Safety Officer, Medical Program Specialist, Haz Mat Technician, Rope Technician, Dive Rescue Technician.
Topics you provide training for:
Rapid Intervention (RIC for REAL),
Leadership 360 - The Road to Fire Service Leadership,
Fire Ground Practices - 1st On Scene
Areas of expertise:
I a not an expert in anything. I am a student of my craft.
Paul Strong is a veteran of the fire service since 1990. He is currently a shift captain at the Valley Regional Fire Authority in King County Washington.

He is the Creator and Lead Instructor of RIC for REAL, The Road to Fire Service Leadership, and Fire Ground Practices - First on Scene.

Paul has served as a Shift Captain, Department Training Officer, Incident Safety Officer, Medical Program Specialist, Haz-Mat Technician, and Technical Rescue team member as a Rope/Dive Rescue Technician. He is currently an adjunct instructor at the Washington State Fire Training Academy. Paul has lectured at IAFC Fire Rescue International, FDIC-Indy, and Washington State Fire Training & Safety Officers Association. Paul has taught and consulted for numerous agencies and has been published in Fire Engineering Magazine. His approach to fire service education and training is effective, thought provoking, and intense.
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Who says you’re a leader?

Are you a self-proclaimed leader? This doesn’t work (sorry to all the self proclaimed leaders out there). Sure, you can think your leader material, but if you’re the only one who thinks this way then you’re in for a big surprise.

So you’ve taken a few leadership classes, you attended conferences and heard experienced fire service members speak on the various topics surrounding leadership, and maybe even read some books written by experts. Are you now a leader? You may want to…


Posted on August 7, 2015 at 11:45am

Promoting Harmony in your department

What happens when firefighters don’t have information? They make it up!  I don’t have to tell you this; you already know. Sometimes it’s no big deal, but other times it can be detrimental to your department in many ways.

As members of the fire service we put our heart and sole into our work and our passion.  It’s only normal to feel that you want your efforts reciprocated in some form of respect. The type respect that gets us motivated to continue doing what we do is when the people…


Posted on January 19, 2015 at 11:00pm

Don't allow rookie entitlement in your fire service

For those of us who have been around this business for a while, it can be easy at times to look at the rookies and wonder why they don't do it like the way we did when we were coming up. This, being a very broad statement, is nothing new to the old guys thinking they do it better than the young guys (at least in their minds) for each generation that comes through. Technical rescues, an EMS patient, or attacking fires can be accomplished in a multitude of ways and still yield the same…


Posted on December 29, 2014 at 2:28am

The Company Officer Balancing Act

Company officers (CO) have many responsibilities. Aside from the emergency scenes, they have nothing less than a balancing act going on in the fire station (or should have).  Our business is all about people, including our own people that we serve internally. We take care of each other like the family that we are. But are CO’s taking care of the needs of their firefighters as best as they can? Sometimes not. The CO is getting the work of the organization done through the firefighters. Most…


Posted on July 21, 2014 at 12:35am

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