Wednesday, May 13

Two parts: 8 — 9:45 a.m. & 10 — 11:45 a.m.

Build your culture: PROFESSIONALISM OR MINIMALISM?

Culture in our profession is a word that is often used but do we truly understand what it means? Culture is defined as: the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization. It can also be defined as the integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations. So why is this so important to us? Culture is a big part of the fire service and plays a significant role in everything we do. Having dedicated individuals significantly impacts a departments culture. Many other things can also impact culture both positively and negatively. Advocating for a positive culture is not merely enough. We must be a strong example of this through our actions, understanding that what we do has a tremendous impact on everyone. Especially those who may be coming into the fire service for the first time. This lecture will discuss many topics related to how we can not only build and maintain a positive culture within our profession, but also puts emphasis on why we should respect and value previous culture and traditions. It is important that we learn from them but avoid placing limitations on our growth because of them. This will be an interactive lecture with participation from the attendees to help drive the topics of conversation forward in a professional manner by placing a value on the input and experiences shared. The objective is that we all help contribute to leaving things better than we found it, while continuing to build a culture for that those who come after us. It is up to us to pave the way and provide the tools and knowledge for them to build upon throughout their time in the fire service. Let us not lead them astray, but rather provide a pathway for success that will continue to resonate through future generations. 

Cost: Free

INSTRUCTOR: SEAN DUFFY is a 15-year veteran of the fire service and has worked in both County and City departments. He is currently a Firefighter/Paramedic for Pasco County Fire Rescue where he works on the departments West side. He is a co-founder of “Build Your Culture” training group and developed the course entitled “Searchable vs. Survivable- Educational Decision Making on the Fire ground”. He has an Associates in Fire Science and is also a State of Florida Fire Instructor, Fire Officer 1 and Live Fire Training Instructor. Sean serves as a board member and training trustee for his departments FOOLS chapter as well as an instructor within his organization, The Great Florida Fire School and The Worst Fire Conference.

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