In this episode of Short Takes we talk with Will Broscious from the Columbia-Richland Fire and Rescue Department about his presentation at the upcoming Vision 20/20 Project Model Performance in CRR Symposium on February 17-20. You can learn more and register at www.StrategicFire.org/Symposium6 Our program is designed to recruit volunteers by taking a different approach. As opposed to simply recruiting volunteers, we began to change our strategy in mid-2018 with a goal to recruit volunteers that can assist our department in various ways. This new approach has led to an increase in our CRR abilities including the successful completion of our first community risk assessment conducted by a local college student that was recruited to join our department as well as an increase in the number of volunteer fire fighters.
Brian Tyson is a Captain and Paramedic in Barnstable, MA. He is an alumnus of the University of New Hampshire where he earned a bachelor’s degree with a dual major in Kinesiology and Justice Studies as well as a master’s degree in justice studies. Interning with the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office as an undergraduate, introduced him to youth firesetting, and he returned to complete a graduate project pertaining to youth firesetting. He started a full time firefighting career in 2008 at the Barnstable Fire Department where he has held several positions and leads the department’s Community Risk Reduction and Public Education Programs. Tyson is a CPSE credentialed fire officer and holds degrees from Columbia Southern University in Associate of Applied Science-Fire Science, Bachelor of Science-Fire Administration, and Associate of Applied Science-Emergency Medical Services.