(Photo Credits: Patrick Raycraft, Hartford Courant).
Reggie Freeman, CFO, FIFireE
Fire Chief / Emergency Management Director at City of Hartford
“Values and beliefs make up organizational culture. Exercising authentic leadership within that same organization makes a difference.”
– Chief Reggie Freeman
I am incredibly humbled and genuinely honored to invite Fire Chief Reggie Freeman on to the Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio Show ‘The Future Firefighter’ with co-host Deputy Chief Jacob McAfee as we discuss the importance of community service and volunteerism in the fire service profession.
Fire Chief Reggie Freeman is an excellent example of a Chief Officer paying it forward in the fire service by helping the future generations through his leadership and example. He has assisted me in my fire service career as a mentor. Chief Freeman is a talented author, national keynote speaker and volunteers on several committees throughout the fire service. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Additionally, Chief Freeman serves as the Chair for the Commission on Professional Credentialing via the Center for Public Safety Excellence. He is credentialed as a Chief Fire Officer Designee through the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc. as well as credentialed as a "Fellow" with the Institution of Fire Engineers, USA Branch.
Chris Baker, has over twelve years of experience in volunteer, combination, and career, fire departments in California. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology and Associates of Science Degree in Fire Service Command, Company Officer. Chris is a California State Fire Training certified Fire Officer, Driver-Operator, Fire Instructor, and Lead Firefighter I Certification Evaluator. He is a Fire Science Instructor in the California Community Colleges System. Chris is a member of the California Fire Technology Directors’ Association and the California Training Officers Association. He served as a volunteer Peer Reviewer on the FY 2017 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) for both hiring and recruitment/retention. Chris also served as a Peer Reviewer on the FY 2017/2018 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). He is a Volunteer Advocate Regional Manager, Region IX (CA, NV, AZ, HI) for the Everyone Goes Home Program through the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Chris also serves as a volunteer member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Safety, Health and Survival Section serving in their staging area. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Fire Heritage Center located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Chris is a National Fire Service Instructor teaching at notable fire conferences across the country. He is the co-host of the Fire Engineering: The Future Firefighter Podcast. Chris writes blog articles for My Firefighter Nation, Fire Rescue and Fire Engineering Magazines on mentoring the future generations of the fire service.
Jacob McAfee, MS, CFO, CTO, MIFireE is the Fire Chief of the Fresno City College Fire Academy and Director of Fire Technology Programs. Jacob is a former DoD Fire Chief and has 19 years of fire service experience, where he has served in every major division of the fire service including Chief of Department. A United States Marine Corps Veteran, Chief McAfee served from 1999-2007 including two deployments to Iraq. He has worked for the DOD as a Fire Service professional for the Marine Corps, Air Force, Army, and Navy. Chief McAfee is a registered instructor for the California State Fire Marshal’s Office and the California Specialized Training Institute. Chief McAfee completed National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) and holds Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and Chief Training Officer (CTO) credentials from the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). Additionally, he serves the CPSE as a CFO and CTO peer assessor, a peer team member for CFAI Accreditation assessments, and serves as a curricula SME and instructor Nurturing Fire Service Leaders Through Mentoring. He is the CA State lead advocate and instructor for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and currently serves on the professional development and education committee with the Institute of Fire Engineers as a Member grade. Chief McAfee is a published fire service author writing consistently for Fire Engineering magazine and Fire Rescue International and has presented nationally for ARFF operations and Leading Organization through Change. He holds Masters Degrees in Occupational Safety and Health and Emergency Management while currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Emergency Management with Capella University.
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