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Paul M. Rank
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Professionals: Walking the Talk

Professionalism is a very common adjective used in the sphere of the modern fire service.  It is a word that is taken in a myriad of contexts and used to describe (or sometimes denounce) much of what we do as firefighters.  As the emphasis of service shifts in importance to all aspects of our modern-day society, the fire service is no different.  Many fire departments and organizations, in keeping with current demands of society, are identifying needs to stay on pace with such standards of…See More
Mar 9
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Couples to Companies: The Staffing Debate Continues...

                Whether career or volunteer, municipal or private, urban or rural, firefighters are the cornerstone of the fire service, and have been since the Vigiles of Ancient Rome.  Without firefighters, a fire department has nothing and can do nothing.  A fire station won’t provide maintenance to its own apparatus and equipment.  Apparatus can’t drive to fires and pump themselves.  A Halligan bar won’t force a door, a hook won’t open up void spaces, and a 15/16” tip will not flow 185…See More
Nov 9, 2016
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You "Signed Up..."

                The modern day fire service is a world different than the fire service of 20 years ago.  Hell, it’s a world different than 10 years, 5 years, or even 1 year ago.  We live and work in an ever-changing, ever-evolving industry.  Particularly here in Minnesota, change is in the air.  As many departments are faced with evolving demographics, call responses, and training requirements, the ability to find people to take on this evolving industry is becoming ever more difficult.  As a…See More
Jan 8, 2016
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Aug 27, 2015
Paul M. Rank posted a blog post

Firefighting 101: The Importance of the Basics

                As firefighters spend more time in the fire service and grow as professionals, they inevitably gain new interests and take on new knowledge to meet the challenges of an ever-growing industry.  They can develop many different, often specialized skill sets along the way.  Advanced rescue skills such as urban search and rescue, collapse, high-angle, trench, and swift water, to name just a few, are picked up along the way.  This goes without mentioning a given departments required…See More
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May 5, 2015
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Culture - Where Would You Like to Work?

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
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Profile Information

Lives in:
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
Department:
Inver Grove Heights Fire Department
Title/rank:
Lieutenant
Years of public service:
12
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Professional Qualifications:
I earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Science Technology in 2009.
Areas of expertise:
I don't consider myself an "expert" in any particular area of firefighting. I am simply a firefighter who enjoys continually learning about and honing my craft, while passing what I've learned on to the younger firefighters who follow me.
Bio:
I am a 12-year career member of the Inver Grove Heights (MN) Fire Department, currently holding the rank of Lieutenant.

I am also formerly a 4-year paid part-time member of the Maplewood (MN) Fire Department, where I worked as a Firefighter/EMT.

I firmly believe that there is always something that I can learn in every incident, on every call, and in every training, whether I lead or participate. I am constantly striving to better myself and those around me by remaining open-minded, hungry for knowledge, and mindful of the traditions and tragedies that have brought us as a Fire Service to where we are today. I take a tremendous amount of pride in my work, and in my two fire departments and am at the same time both humbled and honored by the extraordinary Brothers and Sisters that I have the privilege of serving beside every day.

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Professionals: Walking the Talk

Professionalism is a very common adjective used in the sphere of the modern fire service.  It is a word that is taken in a myriad of contexts and used to describe (or sometimes denounce) much of what we do as firefighters.  As the emphasis of service shifts in importance to all aspects of our modern-day society, the fire service is no different.  Many fire departments and organizations,…

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Posted on March 9, 2017 at 2:30pm

Couples to Companies: The Staffing Debate Continues...

                Whether career or volunteer, municipal or private, urban or rural, firefighters are the cornerstone of the fire service, and have been since the Vigiles of Ancient Rome.  Without firefighters, a fire department has nothing and can do nothing.  A fire station won’t provide maintenance to its own apparatus and equipment.  Apparatus can’t drive to fires and pump themselves.  A…

Continue

Posted on November 9, 2016 at 4:05pm

You "Signed Up..."

                The modern day fire service is a world different than the fire service of 20 years ago.  Hell, it’s a world different than 10 years, 5 years, or even 1 year ago.  We live and work in an ever-changing, ever-evolving industry.…

Continue

Posted on January 8, 2016 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Firefighting 101: The Importance of the Basics

                As firefighters spend more time in the fire service and grow as professionals, they inevitably gain new interests and take on new knowledge to meet the challenges of an ever-growing industry.  They can develop many different, often specialized skill sets along the way.  Advanced rescue skills such as urban search and rescue, collapse, high-angle, trench,…

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Posted on July 2, 2015 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

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