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Fire Captain Julie Rider
Fire Captain Julie Rider
Chris Baker
The Future Firefighter Podcast
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...
Join Metro Fire
Join Metro Fire
Chris Baker
The Future Firefighter Podcast
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...
Fire Captain Jason Shanley
Fire Captain Jason Shanley
Chris Baker
The Future Firefighter Podcast
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,...
Battalion Chief Kris Larson
Battalion Chief Kris Larson
Chris Baker
The Future Firefighter Podcast
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...
Fire Chief Rick Lasky
Fire Chief Rick Lasky
Chris Baker
The Future Firefighter Podcast
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 ...
Team Blaze Company Commander First Lieutenant Matt Epstein
Team Blaze Company Commander First Lieutenant Matt Epstein
Chris Baker
The Future Firefighter Podcast
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...
Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Tonya Hoover
Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Tonya Hoover
Chris Baker
The Future Firefighter Podcast
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 ...
Fire Service Career Resources
Fire Service Career Resources
Chris Baker
Blog Articles
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...
Fire Career Mentoring Session
Fire Career Mentoring Session
Chris Baker
The Future Firefighter Podcast
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
Chris Baker
Blog Articles
"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...
Fire Captain Erika Enslin
Fire Captain Erika Enslin
Chris Baker
The Future Firefighter Podcast
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...
Chief Alan Brunacini: Timeless Tactical Truths
Chief Alan Brunacini: Timeless Tactical Truths
Chris Baker
Blog Articles
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...
Community Risk Reduction
Community Risk Reduction
Chris Baker
Blog Articles
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
Chris Baker
Blog Articles
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...
Fire Captain Chris Ruano
Fire Captain Chris Ruano
Chris Baker
The Future Firefighter Podcast
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...
Become a Volunteer and Serve Your Community
Become a Volunteer and Serve Your Community
Chris Baker
Blog Articles
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 ...
Volunteering with the Firehouse Ambassador Program
Volunteering with the Firehouse Ambassador Program
Chris Baker
Blog Articles
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...
Firefighter Hiring Process Resources
Firefighter Hiring Process Resources
Chris Baker
Blog Articles
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
Chris Baker
The Future Firefighter Podcast
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...
Battalion Chief Chad Costa
Battalion Chief Chad Costa
Chris Baker
The Future Firefighter Podcast
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...

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