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“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read”
– Mark Twain

The following published articles appeared in various publications including The California Fire Service Magazine and the Santa Barbara News-Press, as well as many newsletters. Some are issue specific while others are designed to be thought provoking. The intent is not to just be provocative, but to cultivate discussion on the complex issues confronting us today. You can also locate many other documents of interest in Mike’s Library.

Additional articles of interest can be found at Tabletalk with Ronny J. Coleman.

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read” – Mark Twain The following published articles appeared in various publications including The California Fire Service Magazine and the Santa Barbara News-Press, as well as many newsletters. Some are issue specific while others are designed to be thought provoking. The intent is not to just be […]

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Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Founder the Fire Services Training Institute

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.

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