Last week was the 2023 Phoenix Firefighters Symposium hosted by the United Phoenix Fire fighters. It was a great opportunity to hear to a variety of speakers sharing thoughts and ideas from across the fire service. I share that to tell you that in 2024 you need to attend; but also how this created a unique chance to sit down in person with our guest Chief Frank Leeb. After Leeb gave a fantastic presentation to the symposium crowd he still had energy left to slap on a pair of headsets and keep talking shop!
In episode 88 we discuss how Leeb found the fire service, the importance of training culture, the lessons learned in the wake of the tragic Twin Parks fire and so much more. Listening to Chief Leeb is a lesson in passion, commitment and professionalism, enjoy!
A little more about our guest…
Chief Frank Leeb has served the FDNY since 1992. He has served the department in several staff positions including the Chief of Safety, Chief of Training and the Chief of the Fire Academy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in fire service administration from SUNY Empire State and a master’s degree in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS). Frank has been a member of the FDNY since 1992. Frank has also been a member of the East Farmingdale Fire Department since 1983 (Long Island NY). He has served as an advisory panel member for UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute’s (FSRI) “Study of Coordinated Attack in Acquired Structures” and is a principal on the NFPA Technical Committees 420, 1585, and 1710. He was also the keynote speaker for Firehouse Expo in 2022 and was a presenter at the 2022 U.S. Fire Administrator Summit on Fire Prevention and Control.
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