FRI Podcast Series
This summer the IAFC and its media partners, FireRescue magazine and Fire Chief magazine, bring you a series of FRI podcasts. These presentations are short interviews with presenters who will be speaking at FRI. We hope you will find these podcasts to be informative and engaging as you select what courses to attend at FRI.
More podcasts will be added each week highlighting different Officer Development and FRI courses. Check back soon!
Chief Officer Podcasts
How Volunteer Departments Can Compete for Members' Time
Learn about how the volunteer fire service must compete for time against volunteers day jobs, but also against other non-profit agencies, his or her hobbies, and family time. So it is essential the firehouse is a welcomed environment where personnel want to spend their time — and have the support of their family to do so.
Interviewee: Jay Rosenberg, Volunteer Program Coordinator, Bainbridge Island (WA) Fire Department
Proven Methods of Recruitment and Retention for Volunteer Emergency Responders
FIRE CHIEF Senior Editor Mary Rose Roberts spoke with Chief Hank Teran about how to best recruit and consciously retain volunteers. In this podcast, he offers examples used in Bainbridge, such as interviewing new recruits by asking lifestyle questions to better know their character. Other tips from the department include training chief officers to act as mentors and having an open-door policy for all personnel.
Interviewee: Hank Teran, Chief, Bainbridge Island (WA) Fire Department
Former Astronaut Mullane Shares Best Practices
Former astronaut and FRI keynote speaker, Mike Mullane shared with Senior Editor Mary Rose Roberts a sneak peek into his Denver speech, with a focus on how the Challenger and Columbia accidents and loss of life resulted in NASA engineers operating outside of best practices due to pressures from federal officials. He also addressed questions about his life that were posted on FIRE CHIEF’s Facebook page.
Interviewee: Mike Mullane, Colonel (Ret.) United States Air Force
FRI Conference Preview
In this interview, Chief Senter, Chair of the FRI Program Planning Committee speaks with FIRE CHIEF Associate Publisher Janet Wilmoth about the conference's 223 planned programs and highlights the sessions he is most excited about.
Interviewee: Edward Loy Senter, Jr., Fire Chief, Chesterfield (VA) Fire & EMS
Company Officer Podcasts
Why Company Officers Must Understand Fire Dynamics
In this interview, Chief Ed Hartin--an internationally renowned fire behavior specialist--discusses why company officers must not only stay current on the latest research, but also share such knowledge with their crews. He also elaborates on the following top three things company officers must know about modern fire behavior:
- Heat release rate
- Influence of oxygen on fire development
- What happens when a fire becomes ventilation controlled or limited
Interviewee: Ed Hartin, Chief, Central Whidbey Island (WA) Fire Rescue
Company Officer Leadership Essentials
In this interview, Los Angeles County Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike Metro shares what he believes are the three fundamentals of good fire service leadership--character, competency and connection--as well as some of the traits that contribute to good leadership. Finally, he talks about how the fire service delivery model is changing, and why such changes only underscore the need for company officers to develop superior leadership skills.
Interviewee: Mike Metro, Deputy Chief, Los Angeles County (CA) Fire Department
The Company Officer as "Conduct Cop"
In this interview, Alisa Arnoff, a partner in the law firm Scalambrino & Arnoff, explains how her COLS seminar, “Playing ‘Conduct Cop’ As Lead Officer: Hazing, Horseplay & Harassment,” will underscore the importance of company officer involvement in personnel issues and how company officers can become more comfortable confronting problem behaviors. She provides several steps company officers should take when faced with a potentially serious personnel issue.
Interviewee: Alisa Arnoff, Partner, Scalambrino & Arnoff Law Firm
Transitioning From Firefighter to Company Officer
In this interview with FireRescue editor-in-chief Tim Sendelbach, Deputy Chief Prziborowski talks about the transition from firefighter to company officer and lays out three key factors that determine company officer success.
Interviewee: Steve Prziborowski, Deputy Chief, Santa Clara County (CA) Fire Department
The Company Officer Leadership Series podcasts are sponsored by American Military University, part of the regionally accredited American Public University System. AMU is open to all, and is focused on providing the best in career-relevant programs. They offer an impressive curriculum, with more than 100 certificates, undergraduate and graduate degree program.