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BATTALION FIRE CHIEF: Second Family

About this video 

Matt, a battalion chief at the county fire department, spends his days managing operations for the department, which includes dealing with payroll and staffing, managing new information, and making rounds to all the stations. He talks about how the crew becomes your second family - he's been working with some of these guys for a third of his life.

Job Title: Battalion Fire Chief
Employer: Sarasota County Fire Department

Job Summary: Firefighters

Job Description

Firefighters protect the public by responding to fires and other emergencies. They are frequently the first emergency personnel on the scene of an accident.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Firefighters must usually be certified as emergency medical technicians at the EMT-Basic level.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$25,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Varies Widely, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Courageous, Strength/stamina, Teamwork, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Trade/vocational School
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Fire Protection
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m='9670'>my</span> <span m='9780'>stations,</span> <span m='10260'>I</span> <span m='10290'>usually</span> <span m='10500'>talk</span> <span m='10750'>to</span> <span m='10890'>all of</span> <span m='11050'>my</span> <span m='11160'>lieutenants</span> <span m='11480'>in</span> <span m='11550'>the</span> <span m='11600'>morning,</span> <span m='11970'>make</span> <span m='12150'>phone calls.</span> </p><p><span m='12810'>I'm</span> <span m='13275'>out</span> <span m='13740'>on</span> <span m='13850'>the</span> <span m='13920'>road.</span> <span m='14530'>I</span> <span m='14760'>go</span> <span m='14890'>downtown</span> <span m='15205'>to</span> <span m='16370'>administrative</span> <span m='16920'>offices,</span> <span m='18130'>meet</span> <span m='18260'>with</span> <span m='18450'>my</span> <span m='19080'>boss</span> <span m='19610'>downtown,</span> <span m='20480'>go</span> <span m='20750'>over</span> <span m='21070'>any</span> <span m='21200'>new</span> <span m='21350'>information</span> <span m='21635'>that</span> <span m='21920'>we</span> <span m='22010'>need</span> <span m='22170'>to</span> <span m='23070'>talk</span> <span m='23270'>to</span> <span m='23360'>the</span> <span m='23440'>guys</span> <span m='23750'>about,</span> <span m='24230'>and</span> <span m='24540'>I</span> <span m='24590'>drop</span> <span m='24890'>off</span> <span m='25070'>mail,</span> <span m='25390'>pick</span> <span m='25460'>up</span> <span m='25785'>all</span> <span m='26465'>things</span> <span m='26820'>that</span> <span m='27250'>have to be</span> <span m='27330'>delivered</span> <span m='27750'>to the</span> <span m='27830'>stations.</span> </p><p><span m='28310'>And</span> <span m='28610'>then,</span> <span m='29390'>throughout</span> <span m='29690'>the</span> <span m='29770'>day,</span> <span m='29900'>I make</span> <span m='30120'>my</span> <span m='30250'>rounds.</span> <span m='30610'>I</span> <span m='30690'>have</span> <span m='30820'>seven</span> <span m='31110'>stations</span> <span m='31590'>in</span> <span m='31790'>my</span> <span m='31870'>battalion.</span> <span m='33210'>I'm</span> <span m='33320'>responsible</span> <span m='33970'>for all of the</span> <span m='34220'>emergency</span> <span m='34610'>operations</span> <span m='35240'>within</span> <span m='35520'>that</span> <span m='35700'>battalion</span> <span m='36160'>all</span> <span m='36320'>day</span> <span m='36460'>long.</span> <span m='37480'>And</span> <span m='37890'>so,</span> <span m='38030'>I'm</span> <span m='38150'>just</span> <span m='38310'>going</span> <span m='38490'>in</span> <span m='38550'>between</span> <span m='38840'>stations</span> <span m='39370'>and</span> <span m='40200'>running</span> <span m='40490'>calls</span> <span m='41180'>all</span> <span m='41410'>day</span> <span m='41540'>long.</span> </p><p><span m='42840'>Yeah,</span> <span m='43140'>actually,</span> <span m='43610'>I went</span> <span m='43810'>to</span> <span m='43900'>college</span> <span m='44520'>when I</span> <span m='44790'>graduated</span> <span m='45095'>from</span> <span m='45400'>high</span> <span m='45590'>school.</span> <span m='46080'>And</span> <span m='46410'>I</span> <span m='46630'>actually</span> <span m='47030'>got</span> <span m='47280'>into</span> <span m='48600'>the</span> <span m='48900'>hotel</span> <span m='49330'>restaurant</span> <span m='50020'>field,</span> <span m='50820'>because</span> <span m='50990'>I</span> <span m='51050'>thought</span> <span m='51280'>I</span> <span m='51300'>wanted</span> <span m='51590'>to</span> <span m='51630'>be</span> <span m='52250'>in</span> <span m='52800'>that</span> <span m='53050'>type</span> <span m='53230'>of</span> <span m='53320'>field.</span> <span m='53990'>And</span> <span m='54230'>my</span> <span m='54360'>dad</span> <span m='54610'>was</span> <span m='54770'>a</span> <span m='54820'>fireman</span> <span m='55570'>for</span> <span m='55830'>30</span> <span m='56120'>years.</span> <span m='56590'>And he</span> <span m='56700'>used to</span> <span m='56950'>always</span> <span m='57610'>tell</span> <span m='57800'>stories</span> <span m='58150'>about the</span> <span m='58450'>fire department.</span> </p><p><span m='58930'>And</span> <span m='60110'>after</span> <span m='60360'>my</span> <span m='60480'>first</span> <span m='60770'>year of</span> <span m='60940'>college,</span> <span m='61440'>I</span> <span m='61490'>just</span> <span m='62070'>didn't</span> <span m='62340'>feel</span> <span m='62520'>like</span> <span m='62720'>that's</span> <span m='62980'>the</span> <span m='63240'>career</span> <span m='63480'>path</span> <span m='63730'>I</span> <span m='63760'>wanted</span> <span m='64080'>to</span> <span m='64170'>take.</span> <span m='65019'>And</span> <span m='65230'>my</span> <span m='65360'>dad</span> <span m='65660'>knew</span> <span m='66240'>a</span> <span m='66450'>fireman</span> <span m='66930'>and</span> <span m='67330'>gave him</span> <span m='67550'>a</span> <span m='67610'>call.</span> <span m='67935'>And I</span> <span m='68260'>came</span> <span m='68460'>down here and got a</span> <span m='68900'>job</span> <span m='69140'>right</span> <span m='69270'>away.</span> </p><p><span m='69967'>All</span> <span m='70404'>right.</span> <span m='71280'>What</span> <span m='71535'>motivated</span> <span m='71790'>you</span> <span m='72282'>to take</span> <span m='72774'>this job?</span> </p><p><span m='74250'>First</span> <span m='74590'>of all,</span> <span m='74930'>of</span> <span m='74970'>course,</span> <span m='75330'>the</span> <span m='75440'>stories.</span> <span m='76200'>Growing</span> <span m='76420'>up</span> <span m='76520'>as</span> <span m='76660'>a</span> <span m='76720'>kid,</span> <span m='77390'>like</span> <span m='77700'>I</span> <span m='77880'>say,</span> <span m='78060'>my</span> <span m='78210'>dad,</span> <span m='79140'>every</span> <span m='79480'>night</span> <span m='79960'>we</span> <span m='80210'>had</span> <span m='80520'>dinner at the</span> <span m='80930'>table,</span> <span m='81190'>he'd</span> <span m='81450'>tell</span> <span m='81550'>us</span> <span m='81720'>stories</span> <span m='82100'>about</span> <span m='82430'>his</span> <span m='82850'>experiences</span> <span m='83420'>in</span> <span m='83500'>the</span> <span m='83570'>fire</span> <span m='83850'>service.</span> <span m='84900'>So</span> <span m='85120'>that</span> <span m='85410'>was</span> <span m='85630'>always</span> <span m='86100'>fun</span> <span m='86460'>to</span> <span m='86510'>hear</span> <span m='86720'>those</span> <span m='86940'>stories.</span> </p><p><span m='87630'>And</span> <span m='87970'>the</span> <span m='88310'>other</span> <span m='88730'>thing</span> <span m='89300'>that</span> <span m='89470'>motivated</span> <span m='89870'>me</span> <span m='90120'>is that I</span> <span m='90270'>have</span> <span m='90560'>always</span> <span m='90850'>been</span> <span m='91010'>the</span> <span m='91120'>type of</span> <span m='91320'>person who</span> <span m='91630'>wants</span> <span m='91900'>to</span> <span m='91990'>help</span> <span m='92190'>people.</span> <span m='93050'>And</span> <span m='95050'>I</span> <span m='95100'>can't</span> <span m='95340'>think</span> <span m='95470'>of</span> <span m='95530'>a</span> <span m='95590'>better</span> <span m='95790'>job</span> <span m='96050'>out</span> <span m='96200'>there</span> <span m='96560'>to do,</span> <span m='96690'>to</span> <span m='97070'>help</span> <span m='97350'>people,</span> <span m='97690'>than</span> <span m='97830'>what</span> <span m='98000'>we</span> <span m='98130'>do</span> <span m='98550'>every</span> <span m='98750'>day</span> <span m='99030'>that</span> <span m='99285'>we're</span> <span m='99540'>at work.</span> </p><p><span m='100450'>What</span> <span m='100790'>do</span> <span m='100950'>I</span> <span m='101030'>wish</span> <span m='101390'>I</span> <span m='101520'>knew?</span> <span m='104742'>I</span> <span m='105200'>think</span> <span m='105420'>I</span> <span m='105480'>kind</span> <span m='105720'>of</span> <span m='105780'>knew</span> <span m='105920'>what</span> <span m='106110'>to</span> <span m='106210'>expect,</span> <span m='108070'>you</span> <span m='108520'>know,</span> <span m='108650'>just</span> <span m='108870'>from</span> <span m='109370'>growing</span> <span m='109630'>up</span> <span m='109760'>in a fire</span> <span m='109870'>department</span> <span m='110360'>family.</span> <span m='111870'>What</span> <span m='112050'>should</span> <span m='112200'>people</span> <span m='112500'>expect?</span> <span m='114150'>Expect</span> <span m='114610'>hard</span> <span m='114830'>work,</span> <span m='115660'>very</span> <span m='116210'>stressful</span> <span m='116660'>at</span> <span m='116760'>times.</span> </p><p><span m='120480'>It's</span> <span m='120760'>a</span> <span m='120800'>second</span> <span m='121120'>family.</span> <span m='121380'>You</span> <span m='121640'>know,</span> <span m='122020'>I'm</span> <span m='122620'>with</span> <span m='122980'>guys</span> <span m='123290'>that</span> <span m='123380'>I've</span> <span m='123410'>been</span> <span m='123550'>working</span> <span m='123770'>with</span> <span m='123960'>for</span> <span m='124110'>32</span> <span m='124520'>years.</span> <span m='124930'>And</span> <span m='126060'>I'm</span> <span m='126470'>with</span> <span m='126680'>them</span> <span m='126850'>a</span> <span m='126890'>third</span> <span m='127110'>of</span> <span m='127160'>my</span> <span m='127260'>life.</span> <span m='127550'>So</span> <span m='127780'>it's</span> <span m='127970'>like</span> <span m='128120'>one</span> <span m='128280'>big</span> <span m='128560'>family</span> <span m='129070'>atmosphere</span> <span m='129590'>here.</span> </p><p><span m='130660'>And</span> <span m='130919'>when</span> <span m='132010'>the</span> <span m='132090'>bell</span> <span m='132340'>rings,</span> <span m='132660'>it's</span> <span m='132810'>all</span> <span m='132960'>business.</span> <span m='133510'>And</span> <span m='134470'>when</span> <span m='134760'>we</span> <span m='134860'>have</span> <span m='135030'>downtime</span> <span m='135510'>in the</span> <span m='135570'>station,</span> <span m='136030'>we</span> <span m='136130'>have</span> <span m='136700'>a</span> <span m='136730'>good</span> <span m='136890'>time</span> <span m='137110'>together.</span> <span m='137420'>We</span> <span m='137520'>spend</span> <span m='138330'>our</span> <span m='138460'>days</span> <span m='138780'>off</span> <span m='138970'>doing</span> <span m='139200'>things</span> <span m='139410'>together.</span> <span m='139850'>And</span> <span m='140450'>it's</span> <span m='140840'>basically</span> <span m='141250'>a</span> <span m='141300'>big</span> <span m='141470'>family-type</span> <span m='142860'>atmosphere.</span> </p><p><span m='143430'>And</span> <span m='143500'>everybody</span> <span m='143900'>looks</span> <span m='144160'>out</span> <span m='144330'>for</span> <span m='144410'>everybody</span> <span m='144830'>else.</span> <span m='145120'>If</span> <span m='145180'>somebody</span> <span m='145540'>gets</span> <span m='145800'>sick</span> <span m='146020'>and</span> <span m='146120'>needs</span> <span m='146800'>help</span> <span m='147010'>at home</span> <span m='147140'>with</span> <span m='147460'>something,</span> <span m='147890'>everybody</span> <span m='148900'>chips</span> <span m='149240'>in, and</span> <span m='149350'>we</span> <span m='149510'>do</span> <span m='149640'>whatever</span> <span m='149910'>we</span> <span m='149950'>need</span> <span m='150220'>to do to</span> <span m='150520'>take</span> <span m='150730'>care</span> <span m='150880'>of</span> <span m='151020'>each other.</span> <span m='151450'>We</span> <span m='151670'>always</span> <span m='151890'>have</span> <span m='152040'>each</span> <span m='152200'>other's</span> <span m='152460'>back.</span> <span m='152870'>It's</span> <span m='154140'>like</span> <span m='154310'>a</span> <span m='154380'>fraternity.</span> <span m='155040'>I</span> <span m='155080'>mean,</span> <span m='155240'>I</span> <span m='155610'>don't</span> <span m='156060'>know how to</span> <span m='156310'>explain</span> <span m='156710'>it.</span> <span m='156820'>It's</span> <span m='156980'>just</span> <span m='158240'>a</span> <span m='158300'>great</span> <span m='158600'>experience.</span> </p>","file":{"id":255705,"video_id":"2700847666001","name":"68984300","duration":159807,"thumbnail_url":null}});