Talking with People: Yes, It's That Easy

Current economic difficulties are negatively impacting the fire service in many ways. Today, governmental managers can do things to the fire service that five or 10 years ago would have been unthinkable – publicly questioning and even attacking fire...


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Let’s start the conversation

If you have the resources and time to conduct formal studies, by all means do so, and then please share what you learn with the rest of us. If you do not have the resources and time, please know you can still conduct effective prevention programs. Just get people out of the station and into your target neighborhoods and start conversing.

How can you prove your success? I quote from a fellow National Fire Academy student who, when asked by an instructor, “How many fires did you prevent last year?” proudly answered, “All of them!” Spreadsheets can’t argue with that.

 

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DANIEL BYRNE is a firefighter/paramedic and the community support officer for the Burton, SC, Fire District and a paramedic for Beaufort County EMS. He is a National Fire Academy alumnus and has been conducting fire service public relations programs for over 17 years, with over 20 years in the emergency services. Byrne holds associate of science and bachelor of science degrees in fire science and is a Fire Instructor II. He has received state and local awards for educational programs and partnerships. Byrne is a former U.S. Marine Corps recruiter now serving with the Georgia Air National Guard Fire Protection Division. He may be contacted at dbyrne.burtonfd@gmail.com.