- 2014 The Year of Reality
- Active Shooter Realities
- Arrogance Kills
- Character Matters
- Danger, Danger, Danger
- Extend and Pretend
- Liver, Onions and A-1 Sauce
- Mass Casualty Santa Barbara enters the real world
- Normalcy Bias
- Reality Strikes
- Risk and Crisis Communications
- Technology – Past, Present and Future
- The Customer is Always Wrong
- The Dragons of Change – Volunteers in Emergency Services
- The Great Employee Sidestep
- Turn Off the Television
- Volunteers: Asset v Liability
- Waste or Necessity?
- We Are Broke
- What is in Your Background?
- Who Is In Charge?
- Your Health Care Challenges Ahead
About the Author
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.
“I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.” - Thomas Jefferson You can access my own collection of documents that I have used in much of my...
“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...
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Who We Are
FSTI has provided training to the volunteer public safety community since 2006. It has been our mission to provide high quality training to firefighters while at the same time promoting community safety.
Fire Services Training Institute (FSTI) is a non-profit public benefit corporation with both state and federal tax exempt status.