The Importance Of A Public Safety Leader

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Ask a firefighter what keeps him or her awake at night, and you are likely to find a common theme, incidents without a positive outcome: A huge uncontrollable fire destroying everything in its path; a man suffering a heart attack who doesn’t receive EMS support in time; a fellow worker lost in the line of duty; a terrorist attack that takes innocent lives. These are real fears that confront every first-responder in the world, but the truth is that careful planning, training, and education creates a sense of confidence and converts situations like these into stories with happy endings. As a public safety leader in a rapidly growing suburban community that is beginning to face some of these very incidents, it is incumbent upon me to provide the …show more content…
I work hard every day to be recognized as a leader of action. I’m not speaking of a random, unorganized, and chaotic action, I’m speaking of a deliberate, measured and intensely organized and when required and aggressive and intensely focused action. The choice to leave the safety and security of a comfortable office or command vehicle to put on my personal protective equipment and help fight a fire, mop a floor, or clean a bathroom says a lot about a person’s character. My goal is simple show that I am a leader but not above everyone …show more content…
The thought of Going back to school to work on earning my Master’s degree excites me. Education always has been a part of my professional life. I became a fire instructor at an early time in my career because I recognized the importance of passing along what had been passed to me. My pinnacle in providing education was my assignment as Director of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department’s Fire Training Academy. Receiving that assignment placed me in a leadership role providing basic fire education to new career and volunteer recruits, as well as developing continuing education programs for current employees. This is the area I felt I had the most impact. In the fire service historically a firefighter receives their basic formal training and never visits the academy again. As a leader who looks at the front and the end of the line I implemented a continuing education program that brought companies down to the fire academy for continuing education hours. The impact this program had on determining trends of areas needing work was instrumental in formalizing a program still in use

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