Linda F. Willing
P.O. Box 148
Grand Lake, CO
About Linda F. Willing and RealWorld Training and Consulting Services
RealWorld Training & Consulting offers practical consulting and training support for fire and emergency services, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations in the following areas:
Linda F. Willing, president of RealWorld Training & Consulting, is a retired career firefighter and fire officer. She is an adjunct faculty member at the National Fire Academy, author of On the Line: Women Firefighters Tell Their Stories, and has spoken at conferences in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. In 1982 Linda co-founded Women in the Fire Service, Inc., a national educational resource on gender issues in the fire service.
Linda has trained and consulted with emergency service organizations across North America, from the New York City Fire Department and the Los Angeles Fire Department to small volunteer agencies. Linda has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MS in Management and Organization Development from Regis University in Denver. She is a certified mediator, and has been an assessor on fire department promotional boards in Colorado and California. Past work experience includes time spent as an Outward Bound instructor and as a backcountry ranger at Mt. Rainier National Park.
Linda's specialty is combining valid theory with practical knowledge of the fire and emergency services from the inside out. She frequently collaborates with other fire service and management professionals to design programs that meet an organization's unique needs. Her approach is pragmatic, respectful, and skill-based.