Fanning the flames… of Knowledge

Video / June 10, 2016


We’re lighting fires using jet fuel. Now sometimes it can be hard to control so we have to make sure the staking parameters are extremely tight. I’m Pierre Muscat-Drago. I’m a major in the Canadian Armed Forces. I’m the chief instructor of the Fire Training Squadron here at the Canadian Forces Fire and CBRN Academy.

As chief instructor every day is different. Some days you’re designing courseware, others you’re teaching, and other days you’re just managing a cell of about a hundred people when we’re fully loaded with students. The work we do as firefighters…it’s different. Every trade has their own responsibilities and their own dangers. Ours are no different than anyone else’s. So it’s important that we make sure that the staff are fully aware of what’s going on, and that they train their students to the best abilities they can. It can be easy to deviate from the plan, but ensuring that my instructors know what’s expected of them and expected of the students is key. And that’s what I find most challenging about this job, and most rewarding most of all.

My job’s extremely important to me. It’s not just flash, there’s a lot of hard work and dedication that goes behind the scenes. A lot of the time spent behind the computer coordinating events. And that students are able to get out to the fire halls and properly do fire inspections, and fight fires when they get there, that’s what’s most rewarding to me.

I’m pursuing an MBA just to keep developing my skills. You can’t become stagnant, you got to keep learning and try to push yourself to the limits. There’s a lot of benefits that come out of studying the MBA. One of the courses for example, is Human Resource Management, and I use that on a constant basis here at the academy. I thought I knew how to dealt with people but using the tips and tricks from this course I’m able to better apply it; such as conflict resolution. I’m getting a lot of good learning out of this, and even though it’s tough at times, it’s still good in the end. 

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