Battalion Chief (Ret.) Robert Avsec served with the Chesterfield (Virginia) Fire & EMS Department for 26 years. He was an instructor for fire, EMS, and hazardous materials courses at the local, state, and federal levels, which included more than 10 years with the National Fire Academy. Chief Avsec earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and his master’s degree in executive fire service leadership from Grand Canyon University. He is a 2001 graduate of the National Fire Academy's EFO Program. In his second career, Chief Avsec is a freelance writer and regularly creates content for FireRescue1.com and FireChief.com, as well as private clients. Avsec authors his own fire service-focused blog, Talking Shop 4 Fire & EMS. He makes his home outside of Charleston, West Virginia.