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Robert Avsec

Battalion Chief Robert Avsec (Ret.) served with the Chesterfield (Va.) Fire & EMS Department for 26 years beginning as a firefighter/EMT; he retired as an EMT-Cardiac Technician (ALS provider) certified by the Commonwealth of Virginia. During his career he was an active instructor, beginning as an EMT Instructor, who later became an instructor for fire, hazardous materials, and leadership courses at the local, state, and federal levels, which included more than 10 years as a Contract Instructor with the National Fire Academy. Chief Avsec earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of Cincinnati and his master of science degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University. He is a 2001 graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program. Since his retirement in 2007, he has continued to be a life-long learner working in both the private and public sectors to further develop his "management sciences mechanic" credentials. He makes his home near Charleston, W.Va.
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5 Signs you should Invest in Radio Interoperability

Posted by Robert Avsec on December 5, 2017

Interoperability in emergency communications is a communications challenge that’s almost as old as the use of portable radios in public safety and emergency management. But, how much do you know about interoperability? In this article, you’ll learn why communications interoperability is critical for your organization’s mission success and why you should invest in it.

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Topics: radio gateway, Interoperability Continuum, Interoperability in emergency communications

3 Tips for Writing your Grant Narrative

Posted by Robert Avsec on May 16, 2017

The most important part of the grant application is the written narrative. This is your opportunity to tell the grant evaluators your story (that “painted picture”). Using the radio system example again, describe the challenges and barriers presented by your current system. Describe the adverse impact your current system is having on safety, effectiveness and efficiency as you provide emergency services. A good written narrative (as any good story does) answers the questions:

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Topics: grant

4 Things Fire Departments Forget in Fire Apparatus Specifications

Posted by Robert Avsec on March 24, 2017

Jim Lyons is a seasoned professional with more than twenty-five years of experience in sales, marketing and management. He’s a nationally recognized expert in fire apparatus specification, design, quality assurance and training. Jim is the President and Owner of J. Lyons Fire Consultants providing consultation services to fire departments, municipal government agencies and companies engaged in purchasing and servicing of firefighting equipment and apparatus.

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Topics: Mobile Command Post, Fire truck, mobile command vehicle, Training, Pre-construction

Tips and Tools for Writing Fire Apparatus Purchasing Specifications

Posted by Robert Avsec on March 3, 2017

For many fire department leaders, specifying and purchasing fire apparatus can be a very difficult process. Because it’s an infrequent task, many fire chiefs or truck committees are unfamiliar with the processes and procedures that such a project entails.

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Topics: Mobile Command Post, Pumper, Fire truck, mobile command vehicle

How an Advisory Board can help convince your governing body that you really need that piece of equipment

Posted by Robert Avsec on February 13, 2017

For Fire & EMS departments the “conventional wisdom” regarding marketing has been primarily, “We don’t need to market our services. When people have a fire, they call 911 and we respond.  They don’t have a choice.  It’s not like deciding what store to shop at.”

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Topics: funding, Fire apparatus committee

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