Who's responsible for helping to ensure a firefighters success? Is it on the leadership to follow up and make sure that he/she/they have all the tools necessary and follow up regularly, or is it on the firefighter to chase down the leadership to ensure they own success?
Join Brian, Kara and guests deputy chief Heath Pannell and Lt. Cecil Hunter as we discuss this, as well as mentorship, leadership and the retention of members.
About our guests:
Joining Dry Creek Vol. Fire Department in northeast Mississippi in 1999, Heath Pannell has literally spent nearly half his life at his hometown station. Starting as a cadet (RAM) and working his way up through the ranks, Chief Pannell has worked hard to provide the community with specialty-trained personnel and state of the art equipment. Heath is a field instructor for the MS Fire Academy, ICS Trained Commander, MS FireFighter II, as well as many other certifications and areas of study. Chief Pannell visits fire departments in the region teaching “station-building” seminars, as well as instructing new entry-level firefighters. He currently serves Dry Creek Fire & Rescue as Deputy Chief, and will mark 22 years this month. Heath hosts “Meeting Night Podcast,” a show geared towards firefighters and departments in rural areas. Heath is married to a firefighter/nurse, Lt. Amanda Pannell, and they have three children. The family resides on a 90 acre farm in Northern Mississippi.
Cecil Hunter has been a volunteer firefighter since 2010. He currently serves as a lieutenant with the Liberty Fire Department in Sullivan County, NY.
About our hosts:
Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years. He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Sullivan County, NY. Soller also served as chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department from 2018 - 2020 and chief of the Monticello Fire Department from 2001-2002.
Soller has also been a New York State emergency medical technician for the last 25+ years.
He speaks extensively on the promotion of professionalism in the volunteer fire service through his podcast and YouTube channel.
Kara Judd, is a six year member of the Cazenovia Fire Department where she currently serves as a Lieutenant and Emergency Medical Technician. Kara is also a certified Critical Incident Stress Debriefer as well as an AFAA certified fitness instructor and the owner of Saint Florian Fitness.
Her full time career is at the Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse, NY where she is the Data and Burn Prevention Outreach Coordinator.
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