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Captain Terrence Manley

Captain Terrence Manley

Join host Chris Baker and guest Captain/Paramedic Terrence Manley, Mentor Program Coordinator for the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, on Tuesday, May 17th at 4:30 PM (PST) / 7:30 PM (EST) as they discuss the effectiveness of the Metro Fire Mentor Program and the team of mentors that have assisted over 400 candidates through the hiring proces...

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Fire Captain Julie Rider

Fire Captain Julie Rider

Join host Chris Baker and guest Fire Captain Julie Rider, Recruitment Coordinator for the Cosumnes Fire Department as they discuss the Sacramento Regional Fire Services Diversity Committee and how the Cosumnes Fire Department provides opportunities and strategies for recruiting women into the fire service. During this episode, they also discuss the...

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Join Metro Fire

Join Metro Fire

Join host Chris Baker and guest Firefighter Paramedic Tim White, Recruitment Coordinator for the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, as they discuss the various active recruitment and outreach programs, including the Single Role Paramedic and EMT programs. During this episode, they also discuss the Metro Fire Mentor Program and how it influences...

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Fire Captain Jason Shanley

Fire Captain Jason Shanley

Join host Chris Baker and guest Fire Captain Jason Shanley, Recruitment Officer for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department as they discuss the various recruitment programs, including Brothers United, a group of African American firefighters in San Diego, California, the Women's Fire Prep Academy (WFPA) and Girls Empowerment Camp. During this episode,...

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Battalion Chief Kris Larson

Battalion Chief Kris Larson

Join host Chris Baker and guest Battalion Chief Kris Larson as they discuss Los Angeles Women in the Fire Service, Camp Blaze, a fire camp empowering young women and firefighter mentorship through the Stentorians of Los Angeles City. During this episode, they also discuss the 2022 Firefighter recruitment for the Los Angeles Fire Department and an o...

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Fire Chief Rick Lasky

Fire Chief Rick Lasky

Join host Chris Baker and guest Chief Rick Lasky as they discuss why they love the fire service and why they consider it the best job in the world. During this episode, they also discuss Pride and Ownership: A Firefighter's Love of the Job and why every future firefighter needs to read this book. Fire Chief Rick Lasky Rick Lasky, a 40-year veteran ...

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Team Blaze Company Commander First Lieutenant Matt Epstein

Team Blaze Company Commander First Lieutenant Matt Epstein

Join host Chris Baker and guest Team Blaze Company Commander 1LT (CA) Matt Epstein as they discuss opportunities to serve as a member of Team Blaze through the California State Guard. During this webinar, they discuss a brief overview of the California State Guard Team Blaze, including benefits, entry-level requirements and how to apply to become a...

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Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Tonya Hoover

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 ...

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Fire Service Career Resources

Fire Service Career Resources

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...

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Fire Career Mentoring Session

Fire Career Mentoring Session

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...

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General Colin Powell: The Essence of Leadership

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"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...

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Fire Captain Erika Enslin

Fire Captain Erika Enslin

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...

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Chief Alan Brunacini: Timeless Tactical Truths

Chief Alan Brunacini: Timeless Tactical Truths

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...

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Community Risk Reduction

Community Risk Reduction

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...

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Maintaining the Work and Life Balance

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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...

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Fire Captain Chris Ruano

Fire Captain Chris Ruano

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...

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Become a Volunteer and Serve Your Community

Become a Volunteer and Serve Your Community

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 ...

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Volunteering with the Firehouse Ambassador Program

Volunteering with the Firehouse Ambassador Program

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...

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Firefighter Hiring Process Resources

Firefighter Hiring Process Resources

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. Job Search Websites Fire Engineering Ra...

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Fire Chief Dave Emanuel

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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...

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