FCABC Education Summit
Fire Service Culture: UNCOVERED
LOU WILDE: entered the fire service in 1985 and has been a career member with the Kelowna Fire Department (British Columbia) since 1987. He is the Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention, Training and Administration. Lou teaches and presents on Fire Officer Development and Incident Command and has written articles for Canadian Firefighter Magazine and Firenuggets.com.
His emergency management background includes numerous Emergency Operations Center activations and Command Post field experience most notably the Okanagan Park Fire in 2003 where Lou held positions of the Structural Incident Commander, and the Structural Logistics Chief at the base camp in Kelowna’s main fire station.
In 2009 during the West Kelowna Complex involving the Glenrosa, Rose Valley and Terrace Mountain Fire, Lou held positions of the Fire Branch Director in the Regional Emergency Operations Center and Structural Branch Director in the field.
Chief Wilde will lead an interactive discovery session that explores the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Fire Services’ organizational culture. Drawing upon research and personal experiences Wilde will examine the positives of how we are as a fire service and identify areas where we may want to create change. Regardless if you are a volunteer, composite, or career service it is hoped that this session will reveal some deeply held ideals about the BC Fire Service and opportunities for change.