The Future Firefighter: Episode 1724 show notes with Fire Chief Jacob McAfee from the Fresno City College - FCC Fire Academy.
“The bottom line in leadership isn't how far we advance ourselves but how far we advance others.” (Maxwell, 1998)
Excerpt from the book by John C. Maxwell, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You
I believe LEADERSHIP is influence. It is our ability to influence and inspire others to be more and do more every day. It should be our absolute truth to invest in the mentoring and advancement of those that come after us and anyone else who will listen. If it is not, it is at least your responsibility as a leader to make the commitment to pass our knowledge and experience on so that we can thrive as a fire service.
After graduating from high school, I was playing College football and just being a College kid. My friend had just completed the USMC boot camp and came to visit. By the end of the week, I had decided to join the Marines and what better occupation to do while I was in Firefighting. I thought that sounded pretty sick! I made a commitment to change my life and take the risk. After nine years of service with two deployments to Iraq, I left the military. Overall this experience is what shaped who I am today. From that time, I was committed to continuous self-evaluation and improvement that eventually turned into a drive to lead and inspire others and organizations to be great. I have since completed two Masters degrees, an ABD in my doctoral program and have had the pleasure of working with some great people and great organizations such as the Institute of Fire Engineers, CPSE, CA State Fire Marshal, Cal-EMA, AHA, and all of the DOD entities from CA-NY.
My personal mission statement is: To first and foremost INVEST in people, be a servant leader anchored in core values, dedicated to influencing and inspiring others to be better every day, through leadership, passion, and mentoring.
Before you can follow through with a successful plan you have to find your "WHY"! Why do you exist? What makes you passionate? If it is a life of service, brotherhood, sisterhood, becoming a firefighter, MAKE THE COMMITMENT! Once you know your why and you make the commitment to your why; you can make a successful plan.
I use the acronym plan ahead to stay in track with my personal and professional goals. While in a formal environment this changes, however, it's a good starting framework.
Staying fit emotionally, mentally, and physically:
Be fit, it's not about just you anymore. You are entrusted to perform by your community, your firefighters, and your family. Maintain a high level of physical fitness. You can be provided with the newest, shiniest, most insane equipment and tools but if your not healthy enough to use them the tool is useless.
Invest in a lifelong commitment to be better and make others better. Manage your time! The testing, interviews, academy, EMT etc ARE NOT EASY! Study! Be humble and always maintain a positive attitude. Use your support network.
You represent the fire service when you decided to pursue your dream. Everything you do now is bigger than you. You remember that firefighter you looked up to when you were little, be that hero.
Not realizing that every day is an interview. The fire service is a small, tight-knit family. Let your character and work ethic be your guide. Every interaction and conversation you have could be a new opportunity. EVERY DAY IS AN INTERVIEW act like it.
There are tons of training opportunities you can take advantage of through FEMA and TEEX independent study and many more. You can email me, and I can give you a white paper on a large volume of training opportunities for you to stay relevant and improving in the process and beyond.
Top 10 things to do that increase your odds of getting a job. (Not in any specific order).
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.
You can reach Chief Jacob McAfee with the contact information below:
Phone: (714) 454 - 2838
*Maxwell, J. C. (1998). The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.
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 2017/2018 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 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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