Tag Archives: professional development

What’s in Your Career Planning Toolbox?

From time to time, I like to give you--my loyal readers!--and newcomers an opportunity to see previously posted blogs on a particular subject. When I've done so in the past, many of you have commented that it was nice to reread a piece or read one you've missed without having to search around. So, without further ado, today's topic is you and your fire service career planning and development.

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The Genesis of a Fire Service Leader Network

With my acceptance into the program, I joined a cohort of 21 other members who are newly appointed fire chiefs and aspiring fire chiefs from around the nation. Before our first session in May, retired Fire Chief Mary Beth Michos, the coordinator for FSEDI, sent out biographies of each cohort member. As I read through the other 21 biographies, I was “floored”, awed, daunted, and honored. Impressive is an understatement for the biographies. I fumble to find the right word to describe the group of individuals I was reading about: remarkable, inspiring, extraordinary, amazing… No pressure.

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