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Robert Medford
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  • Camden, AR
  • United States
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Lives in:
Camden, Arkansas
Department:
Camden Fire Department
Title/rank:
Fire Chief
Years of public service:
33
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Professional Qualifications:
B.S., Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR – Emergency Management

A.S., Southern Arkansas University Tech, E. Camden, AR – Fire Science Management

A.A.S., Southern Arkansas University Tech, E. Camden, AR – Fire and Emergency Response

Associate Emergency Manager Certification (AEM)– International Association of Emergency Managers

Chief Fire Officer Designation (CFO)– Center for Public Safety Excellence
Topics you provide training for:
Leadership
Hazardous Materials
Terrorism Awareness
Energetic Materials
Bio:
Robert Medford has served as Chief of the Camden Fire Department since April 2016. He holds Degrees in Fire and Emergency Response and Fire Science Management from Southern Arkansas University Tech in East Camden, a Bachelors Degree in Emergency Management from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas. He also holds a Chief Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence and an Associate Emergency Managers Certification from the International Association of Emergency Managers.

He began his fire service career in 1985 as a volunteer firefighter and was a small business owner for ten years. He has been a full time firefighter for the City of Camden since 2003 and currently serves as an Adjunct Instructor for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. He is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and the Center for Public Safety Excellence. He is a former Adjunct Instructor for the Arkansas Fire Academy, and former member of the Arkansas Fire Protection Services Board. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Arkansas Association of Fire Chiefs and on the Arkansas Municipal League Public Safety Committee.

Robert Medford's Blog

Leadership – Equipping Your Firefighters with Complete PPE

     We all know that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is a necessary part of firefighting. Through the years PPE has evolved into the most high-tech equipment ever used by the modern firefighter. Every year that passes brings new innovations to make a dangerous job, on a good day, a little safer.



     None of us would ever dream of sending our firefighters into a burning structure without proper PPE. We would never send them into fight fire without the best gear we can…

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Posted on May 24, 2018 at 11:00am

Leadership – Problem Solving or Putting Out Fires?

     I have had these ideas on leadership swimming around in my head for quite some time. I have now decided to try to share some of my thoughts on leadership in the hopes that my thoughts on the subject might, in some small way may help other leaders or aspiring leaders. At the very least, maybe it will generate the desire to slow down and consider different solutions to problems. You may find, after some thought, that the problem you thought you had isn’t really a problem for anyone but…

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Posted on May 3, 2018 at 12:08pm

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