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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.

Emergency Medical Services

“The dilemma in the fire/EMS protection is cultural. Everyone expects an immediate, massive response when they dial 9-1-1, fire trucks paramedics, ambulances, planes, overhead, bulldozers, etc. The level of service in a community is linked to its financial ability and desire to…

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Fire: Operations, Command, Investigations & Training

“A little fire is quickly trodden out, Which being suffered, rivers cannot quench.” – William Shakespeare MacIntyre and Williams, 3rd Edition Volunteer Fire Fighter Training Syllabus (December 2014), Fire Services Training Institute, ISBN: 13: 978-0-692-32540-7 Markley, 5 Most Common Fireground Mistakes, (August…

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Miscellaneous

2014 The Year of Reality Active Shooter Realities Arrogance Kills Character Matters Danger, Danger, Danger Extend and Pretend Liver, Onions and A-1 Sauce Mass Casualty Santa Barbara enters the real world Normalcy Bias Reality Strikes Risk and Crisis Communications Technology –…

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Law Enforcement & Security

Active Shooter Realities Character Matters DUI Kills Mass Casualty Santa Barbara enters the real world Risk and Crisis Communications What is in Your Background?

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Public Information and General Interest

2014 The Year of Reality Active Shooter Realities Arrogance Kills Extend and Pretend Is What I Said What You Meant? Mass Casualty Santa Barbara enters the real world Normalcy Bias and Disasters El Prejuicio Normal y los Desastres Psychiatric Times Reality…

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Prevention & Risk Management

Character Matters Mass Casualty Santa Barbara enters the real world Normalcy Bias and Disasters Residential Sprinklers Saves Lives Risk and Crisis Communications Technology – Past, Present and Future Volunteers: Asset v. Liability What is in Your Background?

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Emergency Medical Services

The Denial of Death Michael S. Williams, Tragedy of the Commons A Review of Our Emergency Medical System, © 2013, Michael S. Williams Security Systems, Inc., ISBN: 13:978-0-615-71640-4 Your Health Care Challenges Ahead

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Fire & Operations

California State Firefighters’ Association and Fire Services Training Institute Volunteer Fire Service Overview with Ronny J. Coleman and Michael S. Williams Normalcy Bias and Disasters El Prejuicio Normal y los Desastres Reality Strikes The Dragons of Change – Volunteers in…

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Law Enforcement & Security

March 17, 2015 California Highway Patrol Captain Mark D’Arelli and Public Information Officer Sergeant Don Clotworthy talk about current CHP programs and traffic safety. Website July 22, 2014 Deputy Public Defender Deedrea Edgar talks about mental health issues, the law…

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Public Information & General Interest

February 3, 2015 Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Kelly Hoover talks about her office, recent high profile events and the relationship between PIO’s and the media January 13, 2015 Healthcare financial consultant Lawrence R. Lievense, FHFMA, FACMPE…

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