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Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Tonya Hoover

Join host Chris Baker and guest Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Tonya Hoover as they discuss the importance of pursuing higher education in the fire service and why professional development is necessary in becoming a well-rounded firefighter. They also discuss educational opportunities at the National Fire Academy and why you want to be here on the ...
The days of filling out applications on paper are obsolete and now several agencies have utilized technology to expedite their application process. One helpful tip is to save your information in a word document and you can cut/paste this information into these online career websites when you are creating your profile. Next, review the job announcem...
Join host Chris Baker and guest, Chris Ruano host of the Prep and Defend Show, as we discuss helpful insights and mentoring perspectives for any current or future firefighters. Questions:  Why do some fire departments want a Firefighter 1 Academy course completion certificate? While some fire departments don't require a Firefighter 1 Academy?H...
"If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception; it is a prevailing attitude."  - General Colin Powell The Essence of Leadership  My name is Amy Wilkinson. I'm a White House fellow. My question is how you would define the key characteristics of effective leader...
Join host Chris Baker and guest Captain Erika Enslin from the Sacramento (CA) Fire Department as they discuss future female firefighter recruitment topics, including girls fire camps, Golden State Women in the Fire Service, Triple F - Fierce Female Firefighters, and Firefighter Mentorship. Captain Erika Enslin has served with the Sacramento (Califo...
Early in my career as a firefighter, I developed the habit of writing notes on 3x5 cards.  I would (and still do) jot down a few words about something I observed, comments I would hear and thoughts that would occur to me (sometimes at the strangest times).  Little "flashes" that would occur in conversations with the firefighter I worked w...
The Vision 20/20 Project defines CRR as a process to identify and prioritize local risks, followed by the integrated and strategic investment of resources (emergency response and prevention) to reduce their occurrence and impact. When properly applied, CRR coordinates emergency operations with prevention and mitigation efforts throughout both the c...
In my fire service career, I have worked many different shift schedules. When I started as a volunteer, I signed up for 24-hour shifts on a Kelly Schedule as a paid reserve. About a year later, I received the opportunity to be a wildland firefighter and transitioned to the 72-hour shift schedule. As a wildland firefighter, I soon discovered what st...
Join host Chris Baker and guest Fire Captain Chris Ruano as they discuss how the pre-service firefighter candidate prepares for the fire academy mentally, physically and emotionally. This episode discusses physical conditioning and training before the entry-level fire academy, injury prevention during the academy, and transition from the fire acade...
Over the years, I have volunteered for various organizations. When I first started my career in the fire service, I began as a volunteer and this experience taught me the importance of volunteerism. However, one of the most rewarding volunteer experiences is when I traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after the devastating earthquake in 2010. I ...
You never know what to expect when you sign up to be a volunteer. I had the opportunity to serve as an Ambassador for the Firehouse Expo 2015 Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. I was very fortunate to assist with setting up the inaugural Legends and Icons Event for the Firehouse Hall of Fame. This opportunity was one of the most memorable volunteer...
The Future Firefighter Podcast discusses the importance of implementing a plan and the process of becoming a firefighter through mentorship by engaging the future members of the fire service in a positive way. This podcast discusses the importance of planning for success mentally, emotionally, and physically. Hiring as of October 3, 2021: Hype...
Respect Our House: Extinguishing Bullying Join host Chris Baker and guest Fire Chief Dave Emanuel as they discuss grounding, values, and organizational culture. During this episode, they discuss workplace bullying and how future firefighters can respect our house by extinguishing bullying in the fire service. Fire Chief Dave Emanuel  Biog...
Join host Chris Baker and guest Battalion Chief Chad Costa as they discuss the keys to getting hired in today's fire service. During this episode, they discuss how to be prepared as a candidate, including education, experience, attitude, work ethic, and customer service. Keys to Getting Hired in Today's Fire Service Battalion Chief Chad Costa Biogr...
Join host Chris Baker and guest National Fire Chief (Ret.) Tom Harbour, former Director of Fire and Aviation for the U.S. Forest Service, as we discuss starting a career as a wildland firefighter and the philosophy of being a student of fire. During this episode, we also discuss the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Everyone Goes Home in...
Host Chris Baker speaks with guests Dr. Kellie O'Dare, Co-Director of the 2nd Alarm Project, and Blake Richardson, Co-Founder of EaseAlert. They discuss why sleep is mission critical in the fire service, and touch on various topics including firefighter health and wellness, behavioral health resources, and the value of peer support for the fut...
Join host Chris Baker and guest Deputy Chief Ian Emmons of the Washington Township (OH) Fire Department as they discuss the value of mentorship. During this episode, they also discuss maintaining accountability, celebrating success and how mentorship can bring positive continuous improvement to the fire service.  Ian Emmons is the Deputy Chief...
Join host Chris Baker and guest Deputy Chief Joe Powers as they discuss embracing career opportunities, cultivating positive relationships, and building sustainability in the fire service. During this episode, they also discuss the Vision 20/20 Project and the value of community risk reduction through risk assessments, establishing partnerships and...
Join host Chris Baker and guest Ben May as they discuss why marketing is important for the future firefighter. During this episode, we cover a wide range of topics, including what is marketing and why it is so important, what is a brand and the most trusted brand in America, brand evolution of the fire service, and why the future firefighter is res...
Join host Chris Baker and guest Fire Chief Gary Ludwig, Immediate past President and Chairman of the Board of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) 2019-20, as they discuss the following roles and responsibilities of the future firefighter, including customer service, emergency medical services, fire prevention, and community risk red...
Join host Chris Baker and guest Fire Chief Nathan Trauernicht as they discuss a wide range of topics, including the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Safety Health and Survival Section, and the focus of inclusivity in the fire service highlighting the IAFC's Diversity Executive Leadership Program (iDELP). During this episode, they also disc...
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