Learn from the people around us; good and bad, take what we can from their strengths and make them our own.
My current Captain is one of those leaders. He coaches, mentors, innovates, and…"
I had the privilege of training under some very good instructors here in Illinois. The one that I learned the "most" from is also one of my best friends. In fact; he gets all of my "old" golf clubs. But,…"
"* Why do have such high injuries in training? Several Reasons: i) number of training scenarios is likely ten times the number of actual incidents, ii) poorly planned training evolutions many times in derelict, abandoned or previously burned…"
instructor development, leadership, and management
Michael D. Finney, Principal is a twenty-two year veteran of the Fire Services and brings a wealth of practical experience in incident command management, training program administration, curriculum design and development and learning management systems (LMS). He is the immediate past Director of Public Safety Services for Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development in Ohio. Mike is also the Fire Chief for the Village of Glendale, Ohio. Michael has been honored to serve with such organizations as the International Fire Service Training Association/ Fire Protection Publications and with the South Carolina Fire Academy.
He is actively involved in cutting edge and state-of-the art curriculum development within the areas of computer based and web based integrated online learning methodologies. He is highly qualified within the areas of learning management systems (LMS) design and development and has been developing online learning applications for national and international applications. Highly qualified in emergency management curriculum development and adult learning environment and LMS, he has extensive experience in training program development, computer based application and integration, exercise design and is a subject matter expert in DHS NIMS curriculum and emergency services field applications. He has performed consulting work for a variety of agencies that include municipal and governmental departments, agencies and professional associations.
He has authored/edited several books and numerous magazine publications in leadership and training for the fire service. He has also performed extensive research in issues related to fire service training. Some research projects and initiatives he has led are:
*Critical Incident Stress Debriefing. Developed a model for CISD while the S.C Fire Academy and the associated training . The model was used for training chaplains and mental health workers across the state. Later was integrated into the Fire Officer training programs.
*Integrated Curriculum Design Model. Developed and implemented an object based process that integrated
*Instructional Systems Design and web-based technology to facilitate the curriculum development process. Adopted for use by the Honduras Vocation-Technical College system. Copyrighted 2000.
*Oklahoma State University Student Response Team Program. Created and developed a program where Fire Protection Engineering Technology program students would partner with rural departments to assist and aid community response and departmental functions. Program has been adopted by a number of departments in Payne County.
*Payne County Firefighter’s Association Training Committee. Created and developed a county wide training program initiative for fire departments in Payne County.
*Tactical Research for the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress. Researched IFSAC’s current strategic plan and created quantifiable tactical goals for the organization.
*Web-based Training Programs and the Fire Service. Work with fire departments and state training entities to initiate training opportunities via the internet and intranet.
*Virtual Reality and 3D Simulation. Researching ways in which to integrate Virtual Reality and 3D Simulation into firefighter performance training.
He is an adjunct instructor with the Department of Homeland Security/ National Fire Academy where he has served as a course reviewer, developer and instructor within the fire service course development and instructional delivery curriculums’ and for the Fire Service Course Design program. He has authored/edited several books and numerous magazine publications in leadership and training for the fire service. He has also performed extensive research in issues related to fire service training. Mr. Finney holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of South Carolina, a Masters Degree in Divinity from Columbia International University, and is currently completing his
Fire instructors play a critical role in the development of firefighters. When the recruit begins training, their first exposure to the fire service is the instructor. That experience can often determine the firefighter’s view of training and future classes. Looking back through one’s career in the fire service, or life in general, it is easy to pinpoint teachers and instructors who have made a great impact. What were some of the characteristics of these instructors? What was it about them that… Continue
Whether you are currently an officer, or aspiring to be one, understanding your strengths and how they apply to your leadership is important. We will spend several weeks delving into the strengths you bring to an organization. Based on the book Strengthfinders 2.0, this informal course is an opportunity to interact and engage your findings from the book. The key is the application. How do you begin to apply what is learned? We will investigate ways to apply the findings to your department. To… Continue
As many of you know, we here in the Cincinnati area experienced the loss of two of our own. Channel 9 here has initiated a Appreciation Day for firefighters on April 17th. Let's not let this be an isolated event. I believe this could be a time to, not only express appreciation to those who serve, to to expand awareness of firefighter safety. Get your community involved! If you do something for April 17th, please post it here to let everyone know of ways to become active in their community. Here… Continue
Dates: April 25, 2008 (1pm-5pm EST) and May 2 (1pm-5pm EST) This seminar is divided into two sessions.
attempted bombings and bomb threats can cause extreme disruption, fear,
and even panic in organizations whose personnel are not trained to
handle such situations. Inappropriate and costly management decisions
are often made due to a lack of organizational planning and a
methodology for… Continue
I have been trying to get a hold of you for months! Here is my number 740 507 8802, I was wondering how your classes were going I havent heard anything form the ones you needed help with. I am still looking forward to pod casting some classes for you if you still need. Guide me in the right direction Todd McKee
Mike, you left a message for Nelson about South and Central America. What is the context of that message. I don't know if you are familiar with www.mutualaidamericas.org but I would like to discuss with you what you are doing.
Please allow me to invite you to a site designed by responders for responders... the crew that is doing it is CISM multilevel trained and are there for the guys after the bad calls. It helps the responders that do not yet have a team or would be worried that they asking for help would be seen as weakness. Please join and share it when you can. As a chaplain with over 25 years of service to fire departments I am excited with it's potential to provide support.
we could use your input in our Tactical Building Blocks group. We are on the side under featured groups.
This group will focus on aggressive interior firefighting. We will address tactics that increase your chance of not getting jammed up and cover what actions to undertake if you do.We will cover some big issues as well as small tactical tips
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