Mistakes New Engineers Make with Capt. Jim Spell, Vail, Colorado Fire (Ret.)


This week on Code 3, we offer some tips to rookie Engineers. Sure, you passed the exam, and they handed you the certificate, but there’s a lot more you need to know, and you’ll learn it by screwing up, mostly.

But lucky for you, Jim Spell is here to give you some tips now, before you make a mistake. He offers a dozen real-life things you can do to avoid trouble.

Read his FireRescue1.com article on mistakes new engineers make.

Jim spent 33 years as a professional firefighter with Vail (Colo.) Fire & Emergency Services, the last 20 years as a captain. He helped create the first student/resident fire science program west of the continental divide, formed the first countywide hazmat response unit and was on the original Colorado Governor’s Safety Committee. Today, Jim serves as an adjunct instructor with his hometown combination fire department.

As founder of HAZPRO® Consulting, LLC, Jim advises business and industry on subjects ranging from hazard analysis and safety response to personnel development and organization.

As a writer, Jim has received six IAFF media awards since retiring from active duty. Jim has an associate’s degree in fire science and a bachelor’s degree in communications. Today, Jim writes for Pretorian Publishing as a featured columnist. His work can be seen on various websites including FireRescue1.com, FireChief.com and FireRecruit.com. His current project is a soon to be published book entitled, “Essays on Officership: Leadership Lessons for Developing Fire Officers.”