I recently had the privilege of interviewing for a Fire Department I greatly admire and deeply respect. One of the main reasons that I feel so strongly about this organization, is my perception of the outstanding culture they've developed. Perception being reality, as I have been told, got me thinking about culture, and it's importance in the Fire Service.Culture is a subject that is closely examined and thoroughly dissected in the Fire Service by instructors, speakers, cities, chiefs, and…See More
This throwback photo was taken in the seventies at the retirement party for Raymond “Raybo” Adams. Raymond was an “old timer” when I joined his company. He also was the star pitcher on the department baseball team and he could still “bring the stuff” as he aged.The picture always reminds me of the old and the new and the generational differences that we hear so much about in the Fire Service. It also causes me to stop and wonder how we can capture the best of both.The stumbling blocks that we…See More
There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. Imagine a fire service world where attorneys or judges are running your fire department. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.1 Sounds horrible doesn’t it? You would…See More
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