Dec. 14, 2022

Resilience in the Fire Service with Chief Bobby Halton | S2 E50

In this episode, David speaks with Chief Bobby Halton, editor-in-chief of Fire Engineering magazine and education director of FDIC.


In this episode, David speaks with Chief Bobby Halton, editor-in-chief of Fire Engineering magazine and education director of FDIC.  Chief Halton talks about the virtue and importance of resilience in the fire service, and discusses the personalities of firefighters that sets them apart as leaders. We discuss what the privilege of being an American firefighter means, and how when it comes to resiliency, firefighters support their peers by celebrating their success.

Chief Halton references several powerful books in our conversation for those who want to go deeper into these topics. In addition, we cover awareness and prevention of cancer in the fire service, and how this is probably the greatest recruiting time in the history of the fire service and other professions.

Books Mentioned in this Podcast:
9:24 The Evolution of Everything by Matt Ridley https://a.co/d/iKnBRZI
10:39 Chaos: Making a New Science by James Gleick https://a.co/d/ixhzttN
19:57 Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl https://a.co/d/gkmCcVg
22:44 Leadership and the Art of Self Deception by Arbinger Institute https://a.co/d/iK3Kb8A
28:25 Body Ritual among the Nacirema by Horace Miner
38:38 The Psychology of Totalitarianism by Mattias Desmet https://a.co/d/8A6lk4F
44:10 Nation of Victims: Identity Politics, the Death of Merit, and the Path Back to Excellence by Vivek Ramaswamy https://a.co/d/dFwat14
44:33 Critical Theories by David Ingram https://a.co/d/b4RaR2p

Bobby Halton Profile Photo

Bobby Halton

Chief (Ret.) | Editor-in-Chief Fire Engineering | Education Director FDIC

Chief Bobby Halton is currently editor-in-chief of Fire Engineering magazine and education director of FDIC. A native New Yorker, he began his career in structural firefighting with the Albuquerque (NM) Fire Department and rose through the ranks to include chief of training. Bobby was chief of operations until his retirement from Albuquerque in 2004. He then became chief of the Coppell (TX) Fire Department, then Bobby left Coppell to assume the duties as editor-in-chief of Fire Engineering Magazine in 2009