Chief Reggie Freeman: ‘I refused to be the weakest link’

The Oakland fire chief talks lifelong learning, the biggest challenge of his career, plus ‘calculated aggression,’ future book titles and pet peeves

On this episode of the Better Every Shift podcast, Oakland Fire Chief Reggie Freeman joins Zam to talk:

  • The unspoken battle – or war – between new and older members;
  • Changing how we define competence;
  • Why diversity is a choice for fire departments;
  • Chiefs who have forgotten where they came from;
  • The motivation of injustice; and
  • His kids’ future in the fire service (??).

What else …

  • Hot seat sneak peek: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
  • Don’t miss: His advice to his 18-year-old self.
  • Episode power-quote: “Family inspires me, injustice motivates me.”

Additional resources

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