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Part 4: Surviving the rookie years

Get a glimpse into rookie life, plus a value set that helps firefighters succeed in the industry

After completing the fire academy, it’s on to the rookie years. Fire Chief Marc Bashoor shares a glimpse into rookie life, offering tips for how to survive as the new person on the crew. He also shares a value set that helps firefighters succeed in the industry.

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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.