When it comes to saving lives and property, having the best tools and information on hand makes all the difference. Join us as we explore developments in the fire service – from technology to teamwork, budgets to operations, health, safety, and beyond.
E13: Bond Measure Implementation w/ John Oliver (Part II)
So your agency passed a bond measure, now what happens? In this follow-up episode, Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue Chief John Oliver goes into detail about what an agency needs to consider after the voters accept a bond. Regardless of your agency’s size, Chief Oliver has tips to help you improve your chances of success, and provides ideas so you can get that money working for your agency after the bond passes.
E12: A Bond Measure Success Story w/ John Oliver (Part I)
What happens when 9 out of your 10 fire stations need structural improvements or outright replacement? In this episode, Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue (CKFR) Chief John Oliver explains how his special district was able to pass a $60M capital facilities bond, the 2nd largest in Washington State history, in order to fund essential upgrades for 90% of CKFR’s buildings. Regardless of size or budget, Chief Oliver has tips to help your agency prepare bond measures and levies in a new and highly effective way.
E11: A Chief‘s First 200 Days w/ Mark Niemeyer
Less than one year ago, Mark Niemeyer became the Chief of the largest fire department in Idaho: the Boise Fire Department. Looking back over his first 200 days as Boise’s Fire Chief, he discusses his experience transitioning to a different department, and shares the skills and mindset needed for new Chiefs to succeed.
E10: Stopping Fire When it Starts, Automatic Fire Suppression Technology w/ Grant Van Der Jagt
What if fire suppression was automatic, keeping families and first responders safe from harm before a fire can spread? In today’s episode, we discuss the Auto Fire Guard (or “FireBall”) with its inventor, Grant Van Der Jagt. Learn how Grant developed a new technology for fire suppression, which offers a safe, non-toxic, and hands-free option for extinguishing fires, no maintenance or personal proximity required.
E9: Improving Cardiac Arrest Outcomes in Remote Alaska w/ Douglas Schrage
Fire Chief Douglas Schrage knew that a community-centered solution was needed to improve sudden cardiac arrest survival rates and response times in his remote Alaskan borough. Tune in to hear how Fairbanks was able to educate citizens and pull together 11 mostly volunteer fire departments to successfully rollout PulsePoint, resulting in a sustainable, impactful program.
E8: A Chief's Perspective w/ Bob Horton
Scheduling time for creativity helps Bob Horton navigate the challenges and opportunities facing chiefs across the nation. The simple practice of “leaving room for thinking” has enabled him to enhance his performance as a leader and bring about innovative problem solving for his district. In today’s episode, you’ll hear CEO and Fire Chief of Jackson County Fire District #3 discuss some of the challenges fire service leaders are tackling, and offer up advice for adapting and excelling.
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