053- Surround Yourself with Great Firefighters
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Brotherhood and Sisterhood in the Fire Service
Firefighter Training Episode 053 of the FirefighterToolbox podcast is about how surrounding yourself with the right people can positively influence your firefighting career.
In this episode Chief Walt Lewis shares how your peers can influence your career and how you can become a positive influence to those wanting to join the fire service.
- Consciously making an effort to surround yourself with great firefighters.
- Dedicating yourself and your time to becoming a better firefighter.
- Qualities of a leader and taking the initiative.
- Being a master of your craft.
- Why it’s okay to want and find ways to be good at your job.
Intro by Lt. Rob Ramirez of Margate Fire Department
About Walter Lewis
Walter Lewis is a 25-year member of the fire service, the last 19 with the Orlando Fire Department where he is a District Chief. He has served in various positions with OFD on some of the busiest Engine and Truck Companies. He is also a Search Manager for Florida Task Force 4, a state asset for USAR operations.
His earlier involvement in the fire service includes two years as a volunteer firefighter in a rural community, then later as a paid firefighter/paramedic for a suburban fire department for four years. He is a founding member of the FOOLS, a fraternal organization for the fire service, and has presented lectures and teaching hands-on programs around the country, including Firehouse Expo and FDIC.
His love of the fire service began at an early age with his father and brothers all being involved in the town fire department. His brother John served as a career firefighter, retiring from the Passaic, NJ FD as a Lieutenant and has been a great influence and mentor for him. He is married to his wife Michelle, and has three children, Riley, John and Payton, all of whom are awesome and very supportive.
Mentions on the Show
- F.O.O.L.S. website
- Reach out to Chief Walt Lewis via [email protected]
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My name is Rich Stack I am a Chicago firefighter assigned to squad 5 and I am the president of F.O.O.L.S. International. I just listened to one of your podcast it was done by Walt Lewis “surround yourself by greatness” good show. I really like your website great information, if I could ever help you out with a show or with anything please let me know would to meet or talk with you.