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FDIC 2019: Session: Firefighter Mentorship

FDIC 2019: Session: Firefighter Mentorship


Firefighter Mentorship: Designing, implementing, managing and sustaining an effective mentoring program.


Join me at the Fire Department Instructor Conference FDIC 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 3:30 PM - 5:15 PM in Room 107-108.


It is paramount to effectively engage every member of your agency from recruit school through the senior firefighter ranks with an assigned mentor and mentee. This program will focus on how fire service personnel of all positions can positively benefit from mentorship. This program will provide training and technical assistance with the goal of working towards implementing and strengthening a mentoring program for your agency. The takeaways will be an understanding of the required tools to design, implement, manage and sustain an effective mentoring program tailored specifically, for your agency. 




I prefer a lecture-based discussion for my program delivery. I incorporate the Socratic method of teaching to develop critical thinking skills. My strengths as an instructor are dependability, constancy, humility and compassion. I believe my instruction is a positive interaction with an emphasis in higher education. I reinforce the importance of furthering education based on my previous education, experience, certification and time in grade as a professional firefighter. I serve all students and I respect their own unique individual strengths and weaknesses. My goal is to create an environment for students to develop their own critical thinking skills. I respect the privacy of students and their own unique situations beyond the classroom.


Learning Objectives:


Review and evaluate effective mentoring program.

Detail establishing an in-house program.

Showcase how implementing programs can positively benefit your community.

Setting benchmarks and evaluating effectiveness of programs.


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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 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 Firefighter Nation, Fire Rescue and Fire Engineering Magazines on mentoring the future generations of the fire service. 


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