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June 7th - 9th 2024, Wolfville, Nova Scotia


"The 7 Mistakes Firefighters Make: Insights for Improvement"

Arjuna George

Fire Chief (ret)

British Columbia

Saturday Afternoon13:00 - 14:30 

Saturday Afternoon15:00 - 16:30 


"The 7 Mistakes Firefighters Make: Insights for Improvement"

In a candid and insightful 90-minute presentation at FDIC Atlantic 2024, Arjuna George, a retired fire chief and veteran firefighter, will present "The 7 Mistakes Firefighters Make." Drawing from personal experiences and extensive career insights, Arjuna will explore the common errors firefighters often commit in their line of duty and the profound lessons they can learn from them.

This presentation is designed to resonate with firefighters at all levels, from the boots-on-the-ground crew to the strategic minds in the officers' ranks. Arjuna aims to create an environment of learning and self-reflection, encouraging attendees to recognize and address these mistakes for enhanced safety, efficiency, and team dynamics in their firefighting roles.

The session will cover various topics, from tactical misjudgments to overlooked mental and emotional well-being. Arjuna will provide actionable strategies and preventive measures, fostering a culture of continuous improvement and self-awareness within the fire service community.


Arjuna George, based in British Columbia, Canada, represents a beacon of hope, inspiration and resilience for the fire service. A retired fire chief with a commendable 24 years of service, Arjuna transitioned from the frontlines of firefighting to the empowering realm of Firefighter coaching. As the proud owner of Silver Arrow Coaching and Consulting, Arjuna specializes in Burnout and Resilience Coaching for high-performing individuals such as first responders, medical professionals, educators, and parents.

Arjuna's holistic approach emphasizes the body, mind, and spirit of being an elite firefighter. This is further enriched by Arjuna's expertise in Tension Releasing Exercises (TRE), seamlessly integrating with the coaching philosophy. Passionate about leadership, mental health, and organizational behaviour, Arjuna is also an avid writer, podcaster, and photographer. Arjuna regularly contributes to Canadian Firefighter Magazine and Firefighting in Canada. He hosts his own Firefighter wellness podcast called

"Beneath the Helmet – The Mind-Body-Spirit of Being an Elite Firefighter Podcast." Author of "Burnt Around the Edges - A Guide to Mastering Stress and Surviving Burnout," Arjuna is on a mission to equip people with tools for regaining control of their nervous system, rediscovering joy, and achieving their best selves. Through workshops, seminars, online courses, and speaking engagements,

Arjuna aspires to be a thought leader, transforming lives with knowledge, empathy, and a deep understanding of human behaviour and organizational health.