Since it is International Firefighters Day/Week, I want to share an opportunity I had last week.
Through the kindness of the NFFF, I had a chance to speak with 3 “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 working 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