In our premier year of Fire Engineering Radio: The Future Firefighter Podcast, we had the opportunity of welcoming several notable guests on to our show. As we reflect on our first year, we also welcome this opportunity to personally express our gratitude to all our guests for sharing their guidance to those pursuing a career in this honorable profession. If you are seeking a career in the fire service, please listen to our past episodes and read the various blog articles mentioned below. If you have any questions or require any assistance in your pursuit of obtaining your dream career position, please contact either Deputy Chief Jacob McAfee and or Chris Baker for more information. Please see their contact information below. Thank you for listening and supporting our efforts to provide mentorship for the future generations of the fire service.
We look forward to inviting future guests on to the show and sharing more information to help you achieve your dream career position in 2019.
Future Firefighter Debut Show with Deputy Chief Jacob McAfee
Building the Unbreakable Future Firefighter
Firefighter Functional Fitness with Chief Dan Kerrigan and Captain Jim Moss
Live from FDIC 2018 with Dr. Harry Carter
The Future Female Firefighter with Assistant Chief Nicol Juratovac
The Firefighter Interview Process with Deputy Chief Steve Prziborowski
9/11 Memorial Show
Community Service with Fire Chief Reggie Freeman
The Future Department of Defense Firefighter with Regional Fire Chief Christopher Connelly
Where Do I Start To Be A Future Firefighter?
Chris Baker, has over thirteen 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 has over nine years of teaching experience in the California Community Colleges System as an Adjunct Instructor in the EMS discipline, Firefighter 1 Academy Instructor, Fire Science Instructor and Adjunct Instructor at the Fresno City College, Career Technology Center, Accredited Regional Training Program. 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 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and the FY 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 was a member of the 2018 and 2019 Safety Stand Down committees. Chris is a member of the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA). He is a member of the Board of Directors and Public Information Officer (PIO) for the National Fire Heritage Center located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Chris is the co-host of the Fire Engineering: The Future Firefighter Podcast. He writes blog articles published through Firefighter Nation and the Fire Engineering Training Community 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. He is a Deputy Chief of the North Central Fire Protection District. 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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