Code 3 Podcast: Why everyone wants to work for this fire department
Our host, Scott Orr, interviews Chief Scott Thompson about how culture of learning trumps salary in firefighter retention
Chief Scott Thomspon's new book, "The Functional Fire Company: Positioning Small Groups for Success & Survival," explains how to develop a culture of learning and training in your department. And it’s working; Thompson’s department has a record of retaining motivated firefighters, even though neighboring departments pay more. Some firefighters even take a pay cut to join his agency.
Thompson is a 35-year veteran of the fire service and chief of The Colony, Texas, Fire Department. He has been a member of volunteer departments and has worked for some of the fastest growing and most progressive departments in Texas. He has been a classroom presenter and hands-on instructor at FDIC since 2002.