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Michael S. Williams
Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams founded the Fire Services Training Institute in 1995 to find solutions to the challenges confronting the volunteer fire service. He has been an active member of California State Firefighters Association (CSFA) since 1994, having served on the volunteer and public relations committees, and as a southern division deputy director. He sits on several local organizations including the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council, the Tri-Counties Training Officers Association, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAER and is a founding member of the Santa Barbara PIO group Emergency Public Information Communicators (EPIC). He has been the author of many articles and a columnist for a local newspaper on public safety matters. He is also the co-host of Community Alert on KZSB AM-1290 in Santa Barbara. Williams has been a member of the California State Board of Fire Services since 2008. Prior to becoming involved in the volunteer fire service, Williams was a California police officer for 12 ½ years and a POST certified Field Training Officer. He is a licensed private investigator and security consultant specializing in self-insured, government and insurance defense assignments.

Prevention & Risk Management

June 16, 2015 Psychiatrist Dr. Glenn Miller talks about how to spot and avoid hiring problem employees and volunteers including Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissism, and other problematic behavioral issues. Website June 02, 2015 Santa Barbara attorney Joseph Liebman talks about…

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Fire, EMS and Community Paramedicine

September 29, 2015 Chief Patrick J. Kenny talks about his recent FDIC.com article, “‘Mayday’” for Mental Health. August 4, 2015 RMRS Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory Research Mechanical Engineer Dr. Bret Butler talks about his latest research on estimating safety zones and its application…

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Interviews

“Life is pretty simple: You do the some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.” – Leonardo…

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About The Briefing Room

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” – Goethe “There aren’t any great men. There are just great challenges that ordinary men like you and me are forced by circumstances to meet.”  –…

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During a week filled with an exorbitant amount of home fires, sprinkler coalition uses media to get its point across

By Fred Durso, Jr. Justin Smith, chair of the Wyoming Fire Sprinkler Coalition During an eight-day period in September, Casper, Wyoming, had experienced five fires in or adjacent to a home. There were no injuries or fatalities, but “this was…

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Firefighters in Oregon knock on doors for safety

By Lisa Braxton firefighters in Portland, Oregon, conduct home visits in a pilot program launched this week. According to the Portland Tribune, Portland Fire and Rescue crews will conduct home safety inspections for residents requesting them. Firefighters will fan out…

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NFPA and The Home Depot to promote smoke alarm safety in support of Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and The Home Depot are working together to promote the importance of working smoke alarms in support of Fire Prevention Week’s 2014 campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”. Source:: NFPA…

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Car care campaign can include fire safety

By Lisa Braxton October is Fall Car Care Month, when the Car Care Council, AAA motor club, and others remind motorists to have routine maintenance done on their vehicles to help avoid being stranded during harsh winter months. Fall Car…

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Teamwork is centerpiece of smoke alarm installation program

By Lisa Braxton The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office and ten area high school football programs are teaming up to save lives in The Volunteer State this fall. Football teams are partnering with their local fire departments to install smoke…

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“Candle” with care during campus fire safety months

By LisaMarie Sinatra Now that we’ve headed into October, you’ve probably noticed the days getting shorter, the air a little chillier, and the leaves changing their colors right before your eyes. These darker, cooler days also trigger our desire to…

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