How has your experience as a firefighter and chief helped you in the classroom as a college professor?
Here’s my answer:
Firefighting is a high-risk environment that provides events, on a daily basis, for understanding how to lead not only in life-and-death situations but also everyday situations. The personal connection a firefighter gets from helping people and the demands of a chief officer to identify real problems and lead strong teams can also be applied to business, government, sports, or any other time when people must perform under challenging conditions. That “people experience” has provided me with real life stories that help me create a setting for critical thinking and a lively exchange of ideas.
All of my fire service experience has better prepared me to grow as a leader and to help others grow as well.