Professional Development for the Volunteer Fire Officer

Monday, February 22, 2021
7:00 p.m.

This presentation will outline a series of steps any member can implement during their volunteer fire service career to put together their own personal development program. Ideas that will help any member earn the respect of their peers and become a more accepted and functional member in their department and possibly pave the way for their election or appointment as a leader in their organization. This presentation will help any officer achieve greater success, on both the operations side and often forgotten administrative side, and provide information the officer can use to earn the respect and gain the confidence from the membership.

Tom Merrill is a 38-year fire department veteran and serves with the Snyder Fire Department, which is in Amherst, NY (first-ring suburb of the City of Buffalo). He served 26 years as a department officer including 15 years in the chief officer ranks.
Tom has conducted various fire service presentations throughout the country including FDIC, The National Volunteer Fire Council Training Summit. His popular presentation “The Professional Volunteer Fire Department” is based on the series of articles he has written for Fire Engineering regarding developing and maintaining a professional reputation in the volunteer fire service.