My name is Lars Axelsson and I am a former firefighter, captain and battalion chief from Sweden. Now, I work with firefighter education all over the world. Through the years I have been challenging firefighters from more than 50 countries.

Firefighting is the most difficult job in the world. There is so much we do not know, or can know. And a lack of knowledge leads to false conclusions and failure. But that is another reason why it is also the greatest job in the world. There is so much to learn.

Sometimes it is hard for me to hide my passion for firefighting. My ambition has always been to move forward, always questioning everything. But the answers I received were often based on someone’s experiences. Beliefs on why and how things work were passed on to me as truths. Experiences combined with science help us challenge those beliefs and make us better.

I have tried many things where I have succeeded. But I have also failed many times. Being a Firenerd means learning from all experiences, and sharing them with others. That is why I call myself the Swedish Firenerd. With pride.