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Brian Schaeffer

Brian Schaeffer serves as the fire chief of the Spokane (Washington) Fire Department. His professional life has spanned over 30 years, serving in fire departments in the Midwest and Northwest. Schaeffer serves on numerous local, state and national public safety and health-related committees. In addition, he frequently lectures on innovation, leadership and contemporary urban issues such as the unhoused, social determinants of health, and multicultural communities.

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Using training and reinforcement to build organizational resiliency to manage events we haven’t experienced before
The chief’s most important decisions involve selecting and employing teams of leaders