Please Welcome Our Newest WSFCA Board Members!
Wisconsin Fire Chiefs,
The Fire Service is my passion, and I am privileged for the opportunity to serve as President of the WSFCA. I look forward to the challenges, and plan to work hard to continue what our previous leadership has started. 2020 has been a difficult year for all. There is still a lot of unknown ahead of us as we deal with COVID-19 and other issues such as social equality and its effect on our great nation.
In these difficult times, we must move forward with our mission, we must tackle the challenges of our fire-service and the ever changing environment of our industry. Current issues such as-expanding service demands, the physical and emotional health of our personnel as PTSD and suicide rates of public safety personnel are escalating, diversifying of our workforce, recruitment and retention of fire-fighters, reinstating our Tech Rescue Teams, and contaminants in our firefighting foam. These are problems we can’t ignore. It is important that we as Fire Chiefs find opportunity in this time of adversity and understand the best answer to the challenges we face will only come if we face them together.
Here in the Wisconsin Fire Service we have a variety of departments, career, combination, volunteer, and fire districts (which will be addressed in my term.) All members of our public safety teams have a diverse level of knowledge or experience which is based on, the training we receive, where we work, and the call volume of our response district. Staffing models are different, your agency may be entirely staffed, or your MABAS resources may be abundant, while many will be lacking in staffing and may not have those same resources available, but a house fire is no different in Milwaukee than it is in The Clay Fire Territory. We may be varied in response, but we all have the same mission, Public Safety.
Chiefs, my goal is simple, I want to make a difference. I want to leave this position better for when Chief Litton takes over next year. I thank Chief Bantes for all he has done, but now it is my baton to carry. My goal is for communication. I want to hear from you, from Pleasant Prairie to Hudson, from Tosa to Barneveld, full-time, combination, or volunteer, we need to hear you!
Let’s not let COVID-19, or all of the obstacles of 2020 stand in our way. It is time to embrace change and the challenges we face. We must stop complaining about the new fire service and invest in the generation at our heels. We are strong and can emerge from this and come out of it stronger than we were before.
I am here to serve - My door is open, my car has wheels, I have figured out Zoom, Teams, Skype, and my cell is 608-358-9797.
Yours in Service,
Christopher Garrison, WSFCA President