In this podcast, Host Tom Merrill is joined by Chief Richard Ray, author of the highly acclaimed presentation "The Volunteer Fire Department-Wining on the Fireground"
The Smoky Mountain Firefighters Foundation has been created to support 12 fire departments in Sevier County, Tennessee.
Grant funding provides all departments, large or small, with funding opportunities to acquire critical equipment, ensure adequate staffing, and to help make their communities safe. David Lewis discusses how to find those opportunities.
Volunteer Fire Chief John Morrison, of the Vienna (VA) Volunteer Fire Department, and career Fire Chief James Clack, of the Ankeny (IA) Fire Department are this year’s honorees.
Richard Ray offers these best practices for volunteer crews looking to gain an edge on the fireground minus the resources that are at the disposal of some career departments.
"A promoted officer should be honored to assume his new role, whether it is on the firematic or administrative side. However...there is no 'on/off switch' that you can suddenly flip to instantaneously gain the support and confidence of the membership, writes Thomas A. Merrill.
In this podcast, host Tom Merrill talks about the importance of making the most of our volunteers' time, the negative impact cliques have in the volunteer firehouse, and how good, solid, clear communication can really help keep a volunteer team united and operating on the same page, producing positive results.
"So, friends, this is the great commission—go forth and make new volunteer firefighters," writes Steve Hirsch.
Dan Miller explains how best to create a successful volunteer fire department, which starts at the training academy.