Chief Buckman discusses the power of words and how the positive and negative effect on your abilities.

Chief John Buckman

John M. Buckman III served as a fire chief managing volunteers for 35 years. He is most proud of the title "pawpaw." He and his wife, Leslie have spent 28 years together. They have four daughters. 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

He currently serves as Education Coordinator for the International Association of Fire Chief Volunteer and Combination Officers Section. He is the Director of Government and Regional Outreach for IamResponding. He served as the Indiana Fire Academy Director for 15 years. He served as President of the International Association of Fire Chief in 2001-2002. He has authored over 150 articles in various publications. In 1996 he was selected by Fire Chief Magazine as Fire Chief of the Year. He has published 3 books and 6 photography books. He received the Governors Meritorious Service Award, National Volunteer Fire Council Lifetime Achievement Award, and the President's Award from the International Society of Fire Service Instructors. He was one of the founders of the Volunteer and Combination Officer Section and the National Fire Academy Alumni Association.

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Inspiration for the Next Generation of Fire Service Leadership

The Legacies in Leadership video series captures thoughts from fire service leaders with advice for the next generation of leaders. Viewers will hear how the nation's fire service legacies started their careers, learn about the impact of notable emergency incidents, and perspectives on how the fire service has changed and what the future holds.

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