June 27, 2023 | 1 PM EDT
A certificate of attendance will be offered.
This fast-paced program examines what it means to be a true professional in the volunteer fire service. Sometimes, it’s too easy to get distracted or fall back on excuses when we are not properly engaged in our organizations or fail to deliver the exceptional level of service that our communities need and expect. We are quick to blame others, our departments or some other outside force, but we fail to give ourselves a proper size up. This presentation is aimed at the individual firefighter. It concentrates on things that they have direct personal control over to make them a better-trained and more productive firefighter and member in their hometown volunteer fire department. Regardless of their department’s limitations, issues or atmosphere, the individual firefighter can certainly exemplify true professionalism in all that they say and do.
THOMAS MERRILL is a 35-year veteran of the Snyder (NY) Fire Department and a fire commissioner. Previously, he served 26 years as an officer, including 15 years in the chief officer ranks and five as chief of department. He is the author of “The Professional Volunteer Fire Department” column. He is a full-time career fire dispatcher.