By Alain Normand I attended a discussion the other day about bringing diversity into the fire department. The issue is that firefighters are usually white males and not necessarily representative of the fabric of our community. However, in trying to recruit people with more diversity, Fire Departments encounter huge difficulties. Females need to go… Continue reading

I recently did a test from a youtube video on multitasking or rather switchtasking as the presenter, Dave Crenshaw, calls it. The premise is that multi-tasking is a myth. Try the test yourself to understand why: In emergency management, multitasking should not be an option. The Incident Commander should be able to concentrate on… Continue reading

Give us back our jobs by Alain Normand Would you hire a tailor to perform surgery? A tailor knows how to cut and sew cloth; wouldn’t they be able to do the same with patients? Would you hire a construction worker to sell homes? A construction worker knows about buildings; wouldn’t they be good at… Continue reading

By Alain Normand, Manager, Brampton Emergency Management Office (BEMO) You all know the story of the carrot and the stick. You use the carrot to encourage the donkey to pull the cart or you use the stick to force the donkey forward. Each option assumes that you have the proper tool, either a carrot or a… Continue reading