Michael Finney
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What Advice Would You Twitter to a New Instructor?

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Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Fire Chief / Chief of Department
Years in Fire/EMS:
24 years
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Open Fire Academy
Years With Department/Agency
3 years
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
I am passionate about helping people. To be a resource during times of crisis? There is no greater gift of being able to be there and help.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
the ability to help people
Top Issues Facing Responders:
The need for more training.

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Michael Finney's Blog

The Role of the Fire Instructor

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 2:17pm 1 Comment

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

Fire Officer Development-- Strengthfinders 2.0

Posted on May 19, 2008 at 2:28pm 0 Comments

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

Firefighter Appreciation Day

Posted on April 15, 2008 at 1:12pm 1 Comment

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

Bomb Threat Planning and Management

Posted on April 14, 2008 at 10:24am 0 Comments

NOTE: Anyone can attend


Dates: April 25, 2008 (1pm-5pm EST) and May 2 (1pm-5pm EST) This seminar is divided into two sessions.

Bombings, 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 handling bomb threats,… Continue

Professional Development for Fire Officers

Posted on April 6, 2008 at 4:27pm 0 Comments

Note: Open to anyone wishing to attend

Cost: $0.00

Link: Click here to attend

Bill will be delivering his real-world focus on what a new or acting officer must know to successfully communicate with their crews, supervisors, and our business community. Bill will cover personal accountability - with real world examples that have made a difference. Bill will cover a collaborative learning and… Continue

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At 5:47pm on March 23, 2008, Trey "Possum" said…
thanks for the add, be safe
At 10:23pm on September 24, 2007, hgggfff yyhggbhh said…
Great group to start, thank you! I am involved in policy making, approving, and developing programs for the Rhode Island State Fire Academy, if you ever need anything I am here Brother.
At 7:18pm on September 9, 2007, Erin said…

thanks for the add!! stay safe! have a great week!
At 3:07pm on August 25, 2007, Andrew Canfield said…
No But y do you ask!!

Be safe out there

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