Insights to Improve Your Fire and EMS Department’s External Communications

, a Public Educator/Administrator with the Perth East (ON) Fire Department in Canada, is one of my

Tanya Bettridge

Tanya Bettridge

newest LinkedIn connections and she’s a brilliant essayist when it comes to public fire and life safety education. Her latest post on LinkedIn, Pub Ed Lessons from the US Election, is another outstanding piece of prose that’s applicable, not just to fire and life safety education, but to overall communications between a fire and EMS organization and the public it serves.

Here’s a snippet to “whet your appetite.”

For the purpose of this article, agreement with the outcome of the US Presidential election is irrelevant; we can all take away from it a few tips. Whether it’s voting for a candidate or testing a smoke alarm, it all requires someone to communicate, and another someone to receive the communication in a way that prompts an action.

In the spirit of post-election analysis, I’ll break it down by candidate.

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About Robert Avsec, Executive Fire Officer

Battalion Chief (Ret.) Robert Avsec served with the men and women of the Chesterfield County (VA) Fire and EMS Department for 26 years. He’s now using his acquired knowledge, skills, and experiences as a freelance writer for and as the “blogger in chief” for this blog. Chief Avsec and his wife of 30+ years now make their home in Cross Lanes, WV. Contact him via e-mail,