"Actually, Paul.. those should be the attributes of every fire chief still on the job. We have far too many that have forgotten where they came from, far too many who refuse to listen to anyone because they say "I am the Chief" and far too…"
"While having a good set of SOPs/SOGs is essential, some of those who write them make them far too complex. Some "adapt" exsiting versions without really reading them, some have no correlation to a Department's operations.
"Everybody said something had to be done.
Anybody could have done it.
Somebody should have stepped up to the plate.
In the end.. nobody did anything.. and the problems continued.
Change has to come from within.. it can start with one firefighter and…"
"The last time I had this conversation with my personnel, I asked them to take out their wallets and look at the pictures of their wives, lovers, significant others, children and grandchildren... and told them that they are not…"
Staffing levels, adequate funding, training ( one can never be too rich or train enough, yet firefighters can't always be or do both)
I have risen through the ranks. 7 years as a firefighter, 12 as a Lieutenant on an Engine company, 6 years as a captain on an Engine company and 5+ years as a Deputy Chief. I also work in the Support Services Division of the Masachusetts Fire Academy an also per diem for an ambulance company.
Topics you provide training for:
Fire training, public information and communications
Areas of expertise:
Public Information and Communications, Firefighting.
I am a 30+ year veteran of the Marlborough Fire Department, rising through the ranks to my present position as a Deputy Chief.
Family stuff: Married for 30 years to a wonderful woman, 1 grown son looking to follow in the old man's footsteps. three dogs, two cats, and a "pony" ( my toy... a 2006 Mustang GT)
My hobbies are writing, photography, flying (I am a student pilot), driving and auto detailing (cheaper than therapy and it pays for vacations and flight lessons).
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