Coming Soon to an Applicant Pool Near You


Virtual experience means real credibility, correct?
A Dave and Bill collaboration


I have to thank Dave LeBlanc for finding, sharing and prompting this. If you are familiar with some of our posts on the credibility of ‘Captain Anonymous’, forums and this post from Firefighter Basics “NFPA announces new standard: 1521E” then you will appreciate this,


Dave found this on Deadspin, a story about a man who is relying on his virtual college football experience to carry him the position of head coach for the University of North Dakota. An excerpt below of the story,

“McComas saw on Twitter that UND was looking for a new coach and thought, what the hey, let's have some fun. He wrote a letter to athletic director Brian Faison expressing interest in the position and provided his qualifications.

    My football philosophy is basically an attacking one. We're going to give AIR RAID a whole new definition. Theoretically how many times do you think a team can pass in a game? Challenge accepted. We're going 5 wide, chucking the pigskin all over the place. Never punt. Onside every time. Chip Kelly will be calling me to learn my offense. We will put on an exciting brand of football, we will pack them into the Alerus Center night in and night out, go ahead and blow the roof off the place and add about 35,000 seats to that place.

In addition to the letter, he submitted a nine-page Powerpoint presentation getting into the brass tacks of his candidacy. “

You should see where we’re going with this by now.


Imagine learning your next possible fire chief has padded his resume with some salty virtual experience,

Man Applies for Fire Chief Position, cites Sim-U-Share and Urban Firefighter Magazine article as his qualifications.

Additionally states he is FB friends with Ray McCormack

Has Season 1 of Chicago Fire on DVD


Yeah, it’s just a matter of time.


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Bill Carey is the online public safety news and blog manager with PennWell Public Safety, or more specifically FireRescue Magazine/,, and Bill started in the fire service, as a third generation firefighter in 1986, on the eastern shore of Maryland and then continued after moving to Prince George's County. He served as a volunteer sergeant and lieutenant at Hyattsville where he met Chris Hebert and Dave Ianonne, the creators of Bill went to work for them back in 2001 and after they transitioned away to new, bigger projects, he was hired by them again in 2009. Bill's writing has been on, Fire Engineering, FireRescue Magazine,, the Jones and Bartlett 2010 edition of "Fire Officer: Principles and Practice", The Secret List and

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