The Toughest Hallway

America is known as the land of opportunity. Each year, many young men and women work hard for a chance to become an emergency responder. Frequently, this conscious choice represents a “burning” desire to join a fire department and serve a...


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Misunderstandings are costly. Assess the risk and don’t waste your limited resources until you expose “the toughest hallway.” For many, it will be the understanding that fighting fires is only one dimension of the responder’s role.

William Shouldis will present “Risk Assessment: Understanding the Responder’s Role” at Firehouse Expo 2005, July 26-31 in Baltimore.


William Shouldis is a deputy chief, with more than 32 years of service, with the Philadelphia Fire Department. He is currently assigned to the Fire Chief’s Office working on special projects and investigations. In the past, he was a command officer for Division 2, director of the Training Academy and the department’s safety officer. Shouldis is an adjunct instructor at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD, and has a master’s degree in public safety.