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10 Things I Have Learned Being Fire Chief

About This Webinar

When you become a Chief Officer you will be operating in the shadow of your past. It can be overcome but it has to be acknowledged. You will be making tough calls that may disappoint your supporters. When you become a Chief, you want to put your stamp on the position and the organization but wait, slow down. Change is difficult for many of your members so you will have to become more collaborative in managing and developing change. The biggest challenge facing chiefs is staying on top of the ever-changing political landscape. In today’s environment, rapidly changing technological advances create challenges. Join Chief Caughey as he discusses these challenges and others for this informative VCOS webinar.

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Fire Chief, Laramie County Fire District #2
Chief Caughey is the Fire Chief of Laramie County Fire District #2 which is a growing combination fire department located outside of Cheyenne Wyoming. Chief Caughey is a long-time student of the fire service with a focus of evolving to meet the needs of the members and community. He has a bachelor’s in Fire Science and is currently enrolled in a master’s of public administration program and the NFA EFO program.
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Fire Chief, German Township Fire Department (Ret.)
John M. Buckman III served as a German Township Fire Chief managing volunteers for 35 years. He is most proud of the title “pawpaw.” Leslie his wife has spent 29 years together. He currently serves as Education Coordinator for the International Association of Fire Chief Volunteer and Combination Officers Section. He is the Director of Government and Regional Outreach for IamResponding. He served as the Indiana Fire Academy Director for 15 years. He served as President of the International Association of Fire Chief in 2001-2002.

He has authored over 150 articles in various publications. In 1996 he was selected by Fire Chief Magazine as Fire Chief of the Year in 1996. He has published 4 books and 7 photography books. He received the Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels Meritorious Service Award. The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2022 he received the Jimmy Seavey Health and Wellness award presented by the NVFC. and the Presidents Award from the International Society of Fire Service Instructors.

He was one of the founders of the Volunteer and Combination Officer Section (VCOS) and the National Fire Academy Alumni Association. He has contributed to several “ribbon reports” published by the VCOS. He was asked to be one of the editors for the original Lavender Ribbon Report published by the VCOS and NVFC in 2019. In 2021 he along with Brian McQueen spearheaded the update for the Lavender Ribbon Report. He is a principal author of the Yellow Ribbon Report and the updated updated Training Volunteers white paper published by the National Volunteer Fire Council and the Volunteer and Combination Officers Section.
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International Association of Fire Chiefs webinar platform hosts 10 Things I Have Learned Being Fire Chief
The International Association of Fire Chiefs represents the leadership of over 1.2 million firefighters and emergency responders. IAFC members are the world's leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.