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Episode 1878: The Professional Volunteer Fire Department

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Host Tom Merrill explores issues and challenges faced by the volunteer firefighter today. Being a professional firefighter has nothing to do with earning a paycheck but has everything to do with attitude, appearance, commitment and dedication.

Serving 35 years as chief of a volunteer fire department is certainly an extraordinary accomplishment. No doubt lots of great lessons can be passed on and much can be learned from someone who has been in the trenches that long. Tonight, Tom will have Chief John Buckman III on the show to share his story and offer advice to all of us so we can be better, more professional volunteer firefighters.  He will offer keen insight that can help chiefs, presidents, and all fire service leaders develop and maintain a united and harmonious team that is dedicated to serving their communities and steadfast in the desire to provide competent and compassionate service.