If you were a rock star touring with the hottest band in the world, what would be your role?
Blistering guitar solos? Screeching ballads? Crazy onstage antics before thousands of cheering fans? Believe it or not, no matter how wild the band or how hard the music, the same common structure and principles that serve as the backbone for the rockers we know and love are the same fundamentals found in patrolling engine companies across the country.
Hard to fathom? Perhaps not so much as the brand new webinar Leading with Attitude! Secrets of the Rock Star Engine Company, sponsored by TargetSolutions, explores that very comparison.
Hanover (VA) Fire-EMS Division Chief Eddie Buchanan mirrors the versatile teamwork of an engine company to that of a traditional rock band where every person plays a role and preparation is key. What makes Buchanan so qualified to make such a comparison? Simple: he’s a professional touring drummer which simultaneously inspired him to coin the idea of a rock star engine company. With over 20 years of experience in the fire service and a wealth of knowledge on the rock n’ roll highway, the similarities between the two industries became obvious.
“There are a lot of instances in a musical situation where I thought, ‘odd, we do this in the entertainment business but we don’t do it in the fire service,’ and vice versa,” said Buchanan in the 75-minute long webinar. “There are a lot of parallels back and forth.”
Are there ever. Every person has a role to play. Communication has to be perfect. The equipment has to be 100% operational. Sound familiar? Whether it’s between band mates or an engine company, the requirements remain the same. As Buchanan points out, “something broke is not an acceptable outcome.”
Throughout the presentation, Buchanan draws on his musical experiences, which he stresses are not life or death scenarios, and applies them to the fire service and how important it is to be prepared. Firefighters need to communicate, they need to practice, and most of all they need to operate at an elite level; that’s what makes a rock star engine company. When an entertainer is set for a performance, a mediocre performer will be nervous whereas an elite performer will be excited. “An elite performer will recognize that’s an opportunity for me to show what I can do,” said Buchanan.
A second sponsored webinar, What You Can Do to Improve ISO Grading Through Training, dives deep into the ISO’s Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) with a focus on fire department training and planning.
Presented by Joseph W. Fratanaro, a Community Hazard Mitigation manager with the ISO, the webinar explores the history of ISO, how it has changed over the years, and how fire departments can ensure they’re meeting the necessary requirements.
“Insurance has been around since the days of Ben Franklin. It goes back that far,” said Fratanaro. “It has changed over time but what insurance folk do is look at risk and try to mitigate risk.”
“The schedule comes down to how well you do what you do out there.”
Both webinars are currently available for viewing by clicking the “Watch Webinar” buttons. For more information about how TargetSolutions can help streamline your training, please contact us today at (800) 840-8048.