"It is sad to see this discussion degenerate into a heated discussion about slavery and Hitler. We are all professionals in the fire rescue services (both career and volunteer members of the fire rescue service are, or should be…"
"Actually in Georgia State prisons have construction crews that go into communities and build things like fire stations, libraries and I think a few schools were built by prison labor. The community pays for the materials and the work is done under…"
"The reality is that in Georgia prisoners have been used as firefighters for many years including at the State Public safety Training Center where prisoners are trained in the same skills as all other personnel. However they are supervised by prison…"
"theres just not enough man power to do it right without hurting either a civilian or a brother fire fighter
Unfortunately even this doesn't wake people up to such facts that reduced staffing does have. The almighty dollar speaks more and when…"
"well put the city of reading pa where i live just went from a 22 man platoon with 4 platoons to a 18 man platoon with now three platoons this is a paid department that was a hit like this due to act 47 so now theres a city with 90,000 plus people…"
"Well said and is all common sense stuff and taxpayers not all but some think it is a waste of money to have lots of FF's on duty until it hits their lives then it's why weren't there more FF's.This will never change."
after 40 years in 4 departments in 3 states, I retired from management to do public safety consulting and to share what I have learned with the next generation of public safety professionals (career and volunteer)
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
FF, Lt, Capt, Battalion Chief, Director Ops 9-1-1 City of Rochester New York. Fire Chief; Cherokee County GA, Stamford CT, Fulton County GA
Lots: Its in my first book: Fire Chief Lessons learned climbing the ladder: an autobiography
I am the principal in RFG Fire Rescue Consultants. We are Efficiency, Effectiveness & Safety Planning Consultants specializing in joint Community & Emergency Service Provider based reviews and planning for local governments, Fire & Rescue Departments, Emergency Medical Services & 9-1-1 Emergency Communications.
The Fire Chief's Tool Box, a career development guide for fire department personnel with the goal of becoming leaders and for Fire Chiefs who want to stay Fire Chiefs. published by Fire Engineering Books and Videos
Fire Chief Lessons learned climbing the ladder: an autobiography. Every story in the book is true.
Started as a volunteer firefighter in high school and college. I tested for & took the job as a firefighter in Rochester NY. Retired from Rochester as a Battalion Chief to become the first career County Fire Chief in Cherokee County GA. 5 Years Fire Chief Stamford CT, 3 years Fulton County F&R GA. When I took the job, I never thought I would make it a life time career and get to do so many things with so many great folks all over the world.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
The dedicated people in this profession
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Safety, Safety, Safety. We need to look at why and how we do things and why we sometimes do them so unsafely for such little potential gain.
Need to develop tommorrows leaders through on going career development for every firefighter and officer.
Need to educate, market and sell for the needs of our profession everyday
Need to assure the public that our services are being managed efficiently, effectively and safely
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This website can be a great teaching tool, as long as the wannabees aren't dispensing their brand of questionable information that could cause the unsuspecting to get hurt.
I guess I'm a Safety Sally.
But, I HATE funerals.