Since it is International Firefighters Day, I want to share an opportunity I had last week.
Through the kindness of the NFFF, I had a chance to speak with three “International” Fire Chiefs. Links are below — I hope you enjoy hearing their stories as much as I had talking with them:
1-U.K. Chief Fire Officer Sabrina Cohen-Hatton
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service in the United Kingdom
A real fascinating story about how she started off as a homeless teenager and ended up with her PhD and worked her way up the ranks from Firefighter to Chief Fire Officer (Chief of Dept)
WATCH HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GYDanwUu-s
2-Africa Fire Mission: Chief Ben Barksdale (Orlando, FL) Fire Chief
Ben’s involvement and travels with the Africa Fire Mission are really fascinating. When he explains how fire protection is delivered and the areas covered, you’ll gain some real perspective.
WATCH HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6FEoEkUHA0
3-IAFC President (Acting) Chief Ken Stuebing
Fire Chief-Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency-Nova Scotia, Canada
As the current acting and upcoming President of the IAFC, Ken has done quite a bit as a Firefighter as well as Paramedic in his years of service. He’ll share some of his Canadian perspective, but will also discuss the horrible fire (with multiple Firefighter & civilian deaths) that caused a mutual-aid response from the Boston FD to Halifax — it’s quite a story.
WATCH HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5N7muMuvO0
A SPECIAL REQUEST FROM THE DREXEL UNIVERSITY FIRST TEAM:
Drexel University has selected their Center for Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends Center (FIRST) as a competitor in its 24 hours of Impact campaign (Wednesday May 5, 2021 for 24 hours Only). CAN YOU HELP?
Many of you have participated in their FOCUS survey and Culture Camp program, which measures fire department’s commitment to safety on the job. It’s shown that management can improve its communication, and that company officers are doing a great job advocating for their Firefighters’ safety. Their data also shows that the behavior/mental health impact is growing through increasing burnout and poor job satisfaction. FIRST has served over 500 fire departments and 60,000 firefighters with FOCUS, but in order to keep their good work moving forward, they are asking for your support (see link below)
HERE is more about FIRST:
Here’s the link to donate to support the FIRST program:
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.
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