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Why Diversity Matters

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 · 4:00 p.m. · Eastern Time (US & Canada)
About This Webinar

As Chief Officers we are about more than recruitment and retention. We must also focus on creating a culture where every member feels valued. We must actively work to change our department's culture to ensure that all members feel like they belong.

We must provide training and development opportunities that promote inclusivity and diversity and create unique spaces and divisions within our department to support the needs of all members. We can improve member retention and work toward our shared goals as a community by fostering a sense of belonging and creating an environment where everyone feels welcomed and supported. Let us work together to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all.

Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter
Asst Division Chief - Kansas City Fire Dept
Reggie McKeithen believes in the power of education and is dedicated to empowering others through knowledge. He is passionate about creating opportunities for underrepresented groups and breaking down barriers. Reggie's experience growing up in the urban core has fueled his commitment to making a difference in his community.

Reggie plays a crucial role as an Assistant Division Chief in the Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department's Professional Development Division. He is responsible for overseeing the training and development of firefighters, ensuring they are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to serve the community effectively. Reggie believes in continuous improvement and constantly seeks ways to enhance the department's training programs.

In addition to his role within the fire department, Reggie is involved in community outreach efforts. He is dedicated to increasing diversity within the first responder field and works closely with the police department and community dispatchers to achieve this goal. Reggie has helped develop a program that introduces high school students, particularly minorities, to the opportunities available in trade schools. Reggie aims to inspire young individuals to consider a career in the first responder field by providing an alternative to traditional paths like college or the military.
Webinar hosting presenter
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.
Hosted By
International Association of Fire Chiefs webinar platform hosts Why Diversity Matters
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.