The Professional Volunteer Fire Department

Tom Merrill
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The Professional Volunteer Fire Department

By Tom Merrill

"The Professional Volunteer Fire Department" by Tom Merrill highlights the importance of developing and upholding a professional reputation in the firefighting community, regardless of whether one is a paid or volunteer firefighter. Merrill emphasizes that professionalism is not tied to a paycheck but is instead defined by attitude, appearance, competency, commitment, and dedication. 

Endorsed by several Chiefs, this book is regarded as a must-read for all volunteer firefighters. It provides valuable insights into recruiting, retaining, and developing professional volunteer firefighters. Merrill's expertise challenges readers to elevate their performance and raise the standards within their departments, ultimately contributing to the overall professionalism of the volunteer fire service 

Through this captivating and informative book, Merrill aims to instill a sense of pride and service above self in volunteer firefighters. The book serves as a rallying call for those who are passionate about their service and ignites a fire within them to continue making a difference. 



“If you can read this book and not feel a sense of pride, that overwhelming feeling of service above self, the feeling that what you do as a volunteer firefighter matters, then maybe it’s time for a change. But if you are the one who reads it and gets fired up about what we do, then you’re in for a very special ride!”

—Chief Rick Lasky, Fire Chief (ret.), Lewisville Texas

“Tom Merrill is a true gentleman and a professional. His classes and articles detailing professionalism in the volunteer fire service are captivating and informative. This book is no different and should be on the must-read list of all volunteer firefighters, regardless of rank, title, or experience.”

—Brandon S. Fletcher, Fire Chief, Gilt Edge (TN) Fire Department

“Tom Merrill has spent his life working to improve the ‘professional’ image of the volunteer firefighter. This book is a compilation of his experiences and what works and doesn’t work in the recruiting, retaining, and development of the professional volunteer firefighter. His writing challenges you to raise your standard of performance.”

—Chief John M. Buckman III, State Fire Training Director at Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office

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  • 5
    Excellent material

    Posted by Todd Branche on Feb 22nd 2024

    This book is loaded with great points for volunteer fire departments. For the younger officers you're able to learn from this to avoid the pitfalls. Well written and easy to relate

  • 5
    A Must Read

    Posted by Justin Bailey on Dec 28th 2023

    This book is a must read for anyone in the volunteer fire service and it can also be applied to the career fire service. Tom gives a clear message on how to be a professional in todays fire service. His advise pertains to the Fire Chief and all the way down to the rookie firefighter.

  • 5
    Excellent Read

    Posted by Katherine Rose on Nov 8th 2023

    A great read to remember the importance of professionalism across all areas.

  • 5

    Posted by Daric Will on Oct 25th 2023

    Amazing book so far