Why I Teach: Richard Ray

 In this series, Fire Engineering Senior Editor Mary Jane Dittmar looks at the things that motivated and inspired instructors to present on their topics at FDIC International 2016. Segments will be posted on a regular basis up to and through the conference, April 18-23.

Richard Ray
Durham (NC) Fire Department

Prioritizing the Volunteer Fireground
Wednesday, April 20, 1:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

I want help volunteer fire departments improve their fireground safety and efficiency, especially when they are short on personnel. The objective is to give the students ideas and concepts for initial operations at a residential structure fire, the bread-and-butter call for volunteer fire departments. Students will carry these Ideas and concepts back to their respective departments, apply the concepts, and use what works. This will ideally increase the fire department’s ability to save more lives and property through knowledge and proficiency.

It is very humbling when students have contacted me indicating how they have applied what they learned in class and how it improved their fireground operations.  


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