Leadership

53rd FDIC Hears Speakers Blend Human Behavior With Technology

Issue 5 and Volume 134.

53rd FDIC Hears Speakers Blend Human Behavior With Technology features It’s time to look closer at the people side of the fire problem, declared Ed McCormack, International Society of Fire Service Instructors secretary, during the opening ceremonies of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Memphis March 15-19. Fire instructors have been attending FDIC for over half a century to learn innovative methods of communicating the technology of fire protection. But technology alone is not the answer, McCormack said. It is necessary to understand the nature of human behavior before it can be modified. Motivation, cooperation and planning became the key words of this conference. The keynoter, Dave Yoho, a motivation specialist, warned that many attendees would become enthusiastic about concepts learned at the conference but would encounter walls of resistance back home. Yoho challenged the audience to understand why resistance to any new idea occurs and to prepare for…

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