1. Describe your department; How many members do you have in your department? Do you represent career, volunteer, or a combination of both?
Red Deer Emergency Services (RDES) protects the citizens of the City of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. Our city has approximately 109,000 people with an additional
I recently made the difficult, but I believe correct, decision to leave my fire department. Difficult because I saw my mandate there as do-able and important. Hard, but do-able. That mandate was to meld five older departments into one, with the eventual one being up to date with current
In the landscape of our lives, there exists a terrain that we often neglect—the realm of blind spots. Self-reflection to acknowledge our personal blind spot requires a bit of courage and vulnerability as we examine our behaviors and confront the reality, that yes, we have a blind spot.
1. Tell us about yourself and why you decided to join the fire service
I grew up in Chicago, a few blocks from a Chicago fire station. I was a very uncoordinated, heavyset kid who felt pretty much alone as an only child. I found great comfort in going over there to visit, and when they would catch
On a cold January morning, we were dispatched for a report of an unconscious male, not breathing, with CPR in progress. My crew of three, including myself, arrived on location alongside the BLS unit and immediately began gathering the necessary equipment. It wasn’t until we approached the front door