Episode 1 – Maintaining Your Passion and Enthusiasm – David King

About our Guest:

In this episode we are talking to David King – a long-time volunteer of both the NSW SES and NSW RFS with over 40 years experience in the Public Safety sector. Starting out as a 17 year old member at Gosford SES unit, he currently serves as a Deputy Local Controller of Hawkesbury SES, a volunteer with Tennyson RFS and works as a full time Learning and Development Officer for the NSW RFS Remote Area Firefighting and Special Operations Sections.

David was awarded the NESTOC 2012 National Emergency Services Training Award and an Emergency Services Medal as part of the 2015 Queen’s Birthday honours. The award recognised his service in authoring numerous training resources and publications for the state’s vertical rescue, road crash, flood rescue, operational driving and large animal rescue operations. He is still an active General Land Rescue team member.

Those who have worked with Dave are amazed by his never ending energy and enthusiasm for developing the skills of members in the emergency services. He is generous with his time and is always mentoring and developing others. He has said himself, he is either flat out or asleep!

Key questions for this episode:
  • What do you do to maintain your passion and enthusiasm for training?
  • What hurdles have you overcome to maintain your passion?
  • What differences do you see in the learners when a trainer is enthusiastic?
  • What/who do you think influences trainers and the way they deliver training the most?
References/resources mentioned in episode:

NSW RFS Fuel Online Learning System (Guest view)

Sage on the Stage, Guide on the Side – Article by Alison King

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