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Tim Sendelbach interview

Tue, 18 Mar 2008|

At FDIC 2007, Chief Halton sat down with Tim Sendelbach, president of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI), to discuss the history of the ISFSI and FDIC.



Hi and welcome on the road Ali Ali we're here at the -- -- thousands. And we're -- this morning -- to -- a lot and who just completed his keynote address. Our opening day of the 2000 some festivities here in Indianapolis and hit a home run. When -- see that video you're gonna talk about him was -- passion he was focused. It was a great up and we're just absolutely thrilled to have him here with us this morning -- currently is the president of the international society. The fire service instructors. Where he's been president for eight years. And just a great job to do it every instructor America proud of the performance -- -- this morning -- the best keynotes we've ever seen FBI's. So I'm really glad to have me when we talk a little bit about his keynote. About these -- society where they're gone and anything else that that's and I think you guys -- on here so without further do what. It's on the road thank you by ministry. What great we'll watch -- the topic effect. -- you know it. I honestly I went back and and started thinking about some of the things that I heard that you actually. You know -- it's always about change and it's always about -- in the car service to the next level. And I just looked at status quo I think that's how we always feel in the -- were always striving for more. But I'm going beyond status -- tickets to the next little I would introduce confident in his pocket change -- -- -- But what is the status quo. We'll pat you define that a little bit -- what you define a little bit here. I think most of us look at you know you wake up every Saturday go to work and that's the status quo. We -- we go to work with a smile on her face but at the same time what's important is his. To have some sort of inspiration -- that passing come back and not be able to seeing what this is a great day above and beyond just want to work. I had fun so that all the steps. -- it was a great speech and it will be on our side. Why it was doing the keynote and FDIC for use significant. It exemplifies. The cooperation and -- -- the leadership that you bring to. This organization and well on fire engineering but at the same time. There's been a -- -- in the past and he what does this really shows with the fire services about you know two leaders coming together and seeing him. I can't believe -- -- we're gonna do what's right the American harsher international fire service. So that's that's what was important so I appreciate that. And we use Hoover personally Syria that it may not know instructors actually started the show 79 years ago it was or something -- show. And -- -- corporation purchased an eleven years ago. And ten when I first came on board -- reached -- we've been friends for a long time. So can we make this work. And it it took a lot juniors. You know the reverse is we have to rebuild and who are. Relationships and be mended up between -- -- -- between you know things happen long before either of us had anything to say. And instructors -- are -- also about the society and what was doing today and what what how far far conjoined what the benefits aren't all that good stuff. I think that's the important -- part of the IS emphasize is a membership organization. It represents the instructors it is the only international organization represented instructors every entity every position within our service. Has representation. In a membership organization. With the exception of instructors and that's what the -- of the time is served they're role for so long. In different venues they serve that role there the voice of instructors for the fire service. It is such a vital organization there was -- time there was no question about it where you know basically go into. Pharmacia and basically -- That's not right from the American cars are just not right instructors -- -- to -- so. We are moving forward. As I shared with you the other day very simply -- financially stable for the first time. Since you know our departure from yes you were stable all of our issues of the -- in the past -- -- -- -- that we are now searching for an executive director which I think. Absolutely is a critical component to allow us to take that Maxwell also a proud moment for -- and when I'm looking forward. One of the agreements -- and I -- is that FDIC is now a permanent home of the instructors. And so as you -- you -- plan on -- our annual meeting membership meeting here which going to be tomorrow actually Thursday 230. And room to attuned to a three. Our special award presentations -- -- be made at that time which is also that about the award. We're recognizing. The -- you continent of Montgomery County. As -- we're seeing those instructor of the year award for his work with the the fire -- -- near miss program just. Absolutely represents what the instructors -- -- in the safety and survival. Pros that we're basically focusing on. In regards to the membership obviously we'll be accepting new members that are 75 dollars and everybody asks that question in -- It's appropriate what's what's the benefits. Well it very very seriously enough fraud the benefits -- what you put into it. There's so many people wanna join an organization hang their hat on and saying you know -- belong to an organization. Benefits come with contributions. And all I'm asking this is people not expect the world but when you contribute we can make some huge changes in the. It's like the old adage dad told you already work the looking again never believed -- this is true -- -- coming home from work -- my first jobs is a kid. And as dog -- set them -- My three in the paper looks -- -- And his so tired. These shuffles the paper was good that's what they pay you for. -- -- -- put you put an honest days work we've put and effort you get returns and and these structures society. When you think about -- but some -- -- -- But I kind of the same. Message this morning train. It's -- -- a solution it's not you know rules we have great rules -- it gives you we have good. -- -- have good policies is the enforcement and the way to enforce it is the supervision. -- and it comes with quality training. And -- repetitive daily. Focused meaningful relevant training and and that's the solution that's and that's what. A group like instructors. Can help the young firefighters out there young instructors. -- more -- more tools and -- it meet with guys like yourself. Who are custom options and you had you have that crowd -- -- really that in the days they were spot on -- -- on their feet. You know standing you know you just couldn't have done a better job -- -- so happy for you I'm so happy for you of these structures society and really for the -- Because FDIC for -- started to you know. Just a little bit too and it's -- that you -- we bring in new faces -- young faces because that's -- FDIC's. FDIC -- we come here. And and -- helps us for the selection process for the classes I was part of our. Bridge building. Agreements that we we worked out last year we or 590. A lot of people want to teach. Now we can only accommodate about a 150 to a 180 of those people and so that's a tough process but we still encourage all of you out there. Protocol for presentation we'd love to have you come here to teach. If you get rejected this year doesn't mean you're out just reason there was such a body maybe a topic you -- you presenting. Or so for whatever reason doesn't mean your presentation was a good it was a respectful. So we're asking people please step up we -- to see more you presentations comment. This is our conference this is not. Run by corporate -- is on the board that helps select. As are many other firefighters on advisory board so this is our show and these are our instructors. And this is what FDIC is about it's about community. Spat between the fire service and and we just couldn't be happier to have anything you'd like to throw out. And so. So many times before -- -- but this this is. This is a historical moment for me personally but more importantly for the eyes of the -- and the -- service in general and speaking on their behalf I can't thank you -- I greatly appreciate them. For two especially here and it definitely come back. The snow on the road -- -- -- live from FDIC. We'll see you next time.

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