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Chief Conversations: Fire service leaders explain the industry trends every firefighter needs to know

Chief Marc Bashoor learns the up-and-coming trends in fire service innovation, technology and communication from leaders at Fire Rescue International

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Chief Marc Bashoor speaks with industry leaders about up-and-coming trends in fire service innovation, technology and communication

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By FireRescue1 Staff

Research, incident data and communication from fire departments to product manufacturers is accelerating the rate of change in the fire service. Because of this, today’s fire chief has more responsibility than ever to learn about industry trends and communicate advances to their firefighters.

Chief Marc Bashoor, Fire Chief and FireRescue1 executive editor, met with industry leaders and manufacturers at Fire Rescue International to learn what the future looks like for the fire service in terms of federal funding, technology, firefighter safety and communication.


Chief Conversations: Long-term funding of federal grant programs

U.S. Fire Administrator G. Keith Bryant discusses the six-year reauthorization of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and SAFER grant programs approved by President Trump.


Chief Conversations: Mentoring in the fire service

Virginia’s Fairfax County Fire Chief John Butler speaks about the influence of the milennial generation on older industry professionals, in a reverse-mentorship capacity, particularly due to their fluency with technology.


Chief Conversations: MSA debuts new XF1

Eric Buzard, fire service marketing manager for MSA, discusses the features in the new MSA Cairns XF1 helmet, from multiple adjustment points, to easily removable soft components, as well as integrated lighting and communications.


Chief Conversations: FirstNet ready

Hank Clemmensen, past president, IAFC, and FirstNet consultant talks with Chief Marc Bashoor, FireRescue1 executive editor, about what fire chiefs need to know about FirstNet and how to get where they need to be to onboard.


Chief Conversations: FDSOA programs to keep firefighters safe

Fire Department Safety Officers Association Executive Director Rich Marinucci emphasizes that the primary goal of the FDSOA is to provide programs that make being a firefighter safer, whether it’s on the fireground, or through maintaining their health and lifestyle.


Chief Conversations: IAFC Southeast Division Top issues

Kingman D. Schuldt, CFO, president of the IAFC’s Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs, and chief, Greater Naples Fire Rescue District, FL, discusses the hot button issues in the Southeast division, which reflect the core values in the greater fire service: cancer presumption, mental health and wellness, PTSD, safe haven for newborns and fire prevention.


Chief Conversations: Innovations and unique solutions to industry problems

Brad Harvey, senior application engineer at 3M-Scott, touts the company’s extensive research and development program, and how they are offering different solutions to industry problems by reframing the questions.


Chief Conversations: How Spartan is addressing vehicle safety

Spartan Chief Operating Officer Tom Ninneman touts Spartan apparatus features, from the steps up into the rig, to the width of the doors and additions to the advanced protection system, which includes the biggest frontal airbag in the industry.

Chief Marc S. Bashoor joined the Lexipol team in 2018, serving as the FireRescue1 and Fire Chief executive editor and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board. With 40 years in emergency services, Chief Bashoor previously served as public safety director in Highlands County, Florida; as chief of the Prince George’s County (Maryland) Fire/EMS Department; and as emergency manager in Mineral County, West Virginia. Chief Bashoor assisted the NFPA with fire service missions in Brazil and China, and has presented at many industry conferences and trade shows. He has contributed to several industry publications. He is a National Pro-board certified Fire Officer IV, Fire Instructor III and Fire Instructor. Connect with Chief Bashoor at on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. Do you have a leadership tip or incident you’d like to discuss? Send the chief an email.