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Battalion Chief Chad Costa

Battalion Chief Chad Costa
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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National Fire Chief Tom Harbour

National Fire Chief Tom Harbour
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...
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Dr. Kellie O'Dare and Blake Richardson

Dr. Kellie O'Dare and Blake Richardson
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...
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Deputy Chief Ian Emmons

Deputy Chief Ian Emmons
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.  Listen to this Episode https:/...
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Deputy Chief Joe Powers

Deputy Chief Joe Powers
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...
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Ben May

Ben May
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...
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Fire Chief Gary Ludwig

Fire Chief Gary Ludwig
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...
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Fire Chief Nathan Trauernicht

Fire Chief Nathan Trauernicht
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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Fire Captain Larry Conley

Fire Captain Larry Conley
Joining host Chris Baker is Larry Conley of Leadership Development Concepts, LLC. They discuss GLUE (Growing Leaders Using Empowerment) and why this personal leadership development program is essential for the future firefighter. Listen to this Episode https://www.blogtalkradio.com/fireengineeringpodcast/2020/09/01/the-future-firefighter ‎Listen on...
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Assistant Chief Todd LeDuc

Assistant Chief Todd LeDuc
Join host Christopher Baker with guest Assistant Chief (Ret.) Todd LeDuc as they discuss his new book titled Surviving the Fire Service, published by Fire Engineering Books & Videos. This episode will focus on how the future firefighter can manage and reduce risks throughout their careers in the fire service.  Listen to this Episode https:...
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Fire Chief Bill Killen

Fire Chief Bill Killen
Join host Chris Baker as he discusses the history of the fire service with Fire Chief Bill Killen (ret.) President/CEO of the National Fire Heritage Center and why it's important to learn about the history of the fire service. This episode is dedicated to the men and women that built the American Fire Service. President Bill Killen is a Fire & ...
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How to Become a Firefighter for the Los Angeles City Fire Department

How to Become a Firefighter for the Los Angeles City Fire Department
"The Future Firefighter" host Chris Baker talks LAFD recruitment with City of Los Angeles Fire Department Captain Rick Najera. Listen to this Episode https://www.blogtalkradio.com/fireengineeringpodcast/2020/02/04/how-to-become-a-firefighter-for-the-los-angeles-city-fire-department Podcast: How to Become a Firefighter for the Los Angeles City Fire ...
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Lead Where You Are

Lead Where You Are
Host Chris Baker talks to guests Phoenix (AZ) Battalion Chief Rayne Gray, Fairfax County (VA) Fire Captain Marc Davidson, and Prince William County (VA) Fire Lieutenant Nick Baskerville about leadership and why it's important to lead where you are.  Prince William County (VA) Fire Lieutenant Nick Baskerville, Chris Baker, Fairfax County (VA) F...
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The Firehouse Kitchen Table

The Firehouse Kitchen Table
Members of the Firehouse Kitchen Table join host Chris Baker as they discuss the fire service and the importance of learning from one another. Listen to this Episode https://www.blogtalkradio.com/fireengineeringpodcast/2019/11/06/the-future-firefighter Podcast: The Future Firefighter: Firehouse Kitchen Table | Fire Engineering https://www.fireengin...
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Fire Chief Dennis Rubin

Fire Chief Dennis Rubin
Host Chris Baker discusses Rube's Rules for the Future Firefighter with his guest and mentor Fire Chief Dennis Rubin.  Listen to this Episode https://www.blogtalkradio.com/fireengineeringpodcast/2019/09/24/the-future-firefighter Podcast: The Future Firefighter | Fire Engineering https://www.fireengineering.com/leadership/podcast-the-future-fir...
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Dr. Richard Gasaway

Dr. Richard Gasaway
Host Chris Baker talks with guest Dr. Richard Gasaway about situational awareness for the future firefighter. Listen to this Episode https://www.blogtalkradio.com/fireengineeringpodcast/2019/08/13/the-future-firefighter   Resources: Dr. Richard B. Gasaway - Building tomorrow's leaders... Today! https://www.richgasaway.com Situational Awareness...
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Captain Justin Schorr

Captain Justin Schorr

 “Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they’re yours.”

– Richard Bach

In this episode, Chris Baker sits down with Rescue Captain, Justin Schorr, "the Happy Medic" to talk about what he's learned over the last 25 years in the fire service and why one of the worst pieces of advice is "get your Medic." While obtaining the license will get you on a smaller list when hired, there's a catch, they want you to work as a medic when you get hired.  Find out more about what EMS means to the Future Firefighter and listen to this episode.

"Should every Future Firefighter become a Paramedic?  In one word, Yes.  EMS is the future of the Modern Fire Service so each candidate should have a grasp on their place in the system as they get hired.  Paramedicine isn't for everyone. There's a lot of stress involved in not only obtaining the license, but maintaining it and, of course, being responsible for the care of your patients." (Schorr)

"When you get hired as a Paramedic, here's a hint...they need you as a Paramedic." (Schorr)

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Deputy Chief Frank Viscuso

Deputy Chief Frank Viscuso
Host Chris Baker discusses mentoring in the fire service with Deputy Chief Frank Viscuso. Listen to this Episode https://www.blogtalkradio.com/fireengineeringpodcast/2019/04/02/the-future-firefighter Resources:  Common Valor http://www.commonvalor.com Author - Frank Viscuso https://fireengineeringbooks.com/frank-viscuso/ Flashpoint: The F...
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Job Search Resources

Job Search 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. Review the job announcement and job description specifically the information related to the job performance review standards (JPR’s) and the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) for each position. Only apply for positions that you meet the minimum requirements in the job announcement. If you have any doubts and or questions, contact the hiring official for each specific agency to clarify these questions regarding the minimum requirements. Make sure you have a keen eye for attention to detail. Several of these items are highlighted in both the job announcement and the specific job description for each position. Remember this is a test and the test is simple; can you follow written directions. If you want this highly desirable position in the fire service, you have to first apply.

 

Job Search Resources

CalOpps

https://www.calopps.org/

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Fire Chief Reggie Freeman

Fire Chief Reggie Freeman
Host Chris Baker discusses the topic of community service with Fire Chief Reggie Freeman. "Values and beliefs make up organizational culture. Exercising authentic leadership within that same organization makes a difference."  – Fire Chief Reggie Freeman Listen to this Episode https://www.blogtalkradio.com/fireengineeringpodcast/2018/...
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