Recruit your replacements. Train them well.

CLASSROOM-SMALLGiven the national decline in experience-building fire load (aka-the work we do as firefighters), I’ve written before about the challenge of today’s fire service leaders to dig in and invest more in their firefighters than ever before to prepare them for success — and succession.

While my first passion lies in recruiting the brightest and the best, training your replacements is one of the most important steps in retaining their valued services. A well structured, disciplined approach to company training is a proven incentive for your firefighters to invest more time and energy in learning their craft and “responding to the call.”

I encourage you to read “Train Your Replacement. Bob did. Paul does.” from my flagship site: and reap all the benefits of digging in and proliferating the attitude.

Stay safe. Train often.