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SCOTT THOMPSON: Positioning Firefighters for Success and Survival 

This presentation gets right to the point. If we hope to be viewed as professionals, we must prepare ourselves to compete with fire, rescue, and emergency medical problems on a professional level. The responsibility of any leader is to continually work to position others for success and survival. During this program we will discuss those things that position firefighters for success and survival, and the things chiefs do to limit that success.

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Scott Thompson stared his fire service career in 1986. Over the course of his career he has worked in operations, training, and administration for Plano, Arlington, Athens, Lake Cities, and Lewisville, Texas. Thompson is currently a firefighter with fire chief responsibilities in The Colony, Texas. For the last 34 years he has been actively involved in positioning firefighters for success and survival.  He has been a hands-on instructor, workshop, and classroom presenter at FDIC since 2002. Thompson has two sons on the job, Garrett with Arlington, Texas Fire Rescue and Braden with Dallas Fire Rescue. Thompson has written several articles on training, command and control, chosen cultures, suburban fire operations, and leadership. He is the author of The Functional Fire Company: Positioning Small Groups for Success and Survival, PennWell 2019.