About Videos

 “Education is evolving due to the impact of the Internet. We cannot teach our students in the same manner in which we were taught. Change is necessary to engage students not in the curriculum we are responsible for teaching, but in school. Period”
– April Chamberlain

Times have changed and we must change with it if we are to be successful. Today the volume of information available is indeed profound. The challenge is having  the time to digest it and process it’s meaning, to challenge the message and to test it’s value. Video helps in this process.

While more expensive to produce and edit video has a significant ability to convey a message. The challenge is maintaining the interest of the viewer. The following videos were produced with this in mind.

 “Education is evolving due to the impact of the Internet. We cannot teach our students in the same manner in which we were taught. Change is necessary to engage students not in the curriculum we are responsible for teaching, but in school. Period” – April Chamberlain Times have changed and we must change with it […]

About the Author

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.

Related Articles

About Articles

“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...

Gallery

The HUBIE cartoons shown here are available to download by clicking on the artwork. You can contact Dave here to request personalized artwork that will meet your specific training needs. You can also purchase a copy of HUBIE here. [gallery columns="2" link="file"...

Table Talk Interviews

Table Talk is based on Chief Coleman’s book The Chief’s Clipboard – 20 Years of Ronny J. Coleman (2006). Hosted by Michael S. Williams, these interviews are set in active fire stations throughout California and cover various topics relating to the fire service...

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