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January 2018 Blog Posts (10)

Leadership: You know it when you see it!

What is to be said of an effective and efficient crew of firefighters on an apparatus, in a firehouse, or on a particular shift; What is it that forms this synergistic effect between personnel? You know it when you don’t see it, right? We’ve all grumbled beneath our frustrated breath at some point over a…


Added by Leigh H. Shapiro on January 17, 2018 at 5:34pm — No Comments

THE EGOCENTRIC OBJECTIVE - January Magazine Cartoon

NEW Fire Engineering January editorial illustration.

You as an instructor are there for your students, they are not there to pad your ego! I have seen way too many instructors and officers who love to…


Added by Paul Combs on January 17, 2018 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Just Bruno and Me



And me,

 The first time I heard Chief Bruno’s name I was a rookie living at the fire hall. After doing some after call clean up in the truck bay I overheard a discussion, not heated but not friendly either. I believe it was two Chiefs talking and one of them said “and don’t be giving me any of that Chief Brunacini -ism. Curiously I thought who in the world are they talking about. So, I filed it away and made a mental note to find out who this noteworthy…


Added by Bradley R Davidson on January 14, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments



Ghosts by Chief Jim…


Added by Paul Combs on January 14, 2018 at 11:19am — No Comments

The #1 Mentoring Mistake Every Firefighter Must Avoid

I overheard two conversations this week that were both the number one big mistakes that I see firefighters make when it comes to mentoring. Both these guys were getting frustrated. They weren't getting the results that they wanted.

The first ones was a guy that was complaining about the experience level of his immediate supervisor. He had more experience and the supervisor. When asked, hey, are you going to help them become better? He replied That his boss is responsible for his own…


Added by John Lovato Jr on January 12, 2018 at 11:16am — No Comments

Inciting Bravery, Part 2 - The realities of promoting risk-taking - Can we increase it?

Having cited the limitations and contradictions of the concept of heroism in my last post (i.e., unmeasurable, and essentially bestowed upon all of us simply for joining the fire service), is there another attribute that might allow us to be more effective in our attempts to protect life and property by inspiring bolder searches and fire attacks? Might it be feasible to at least increase our collective acceptance of risk? And, if so, what would be the best method for accomplishing this…


Added by Mark J. Cotter on January 8, 2018 at 8:41am — No Comments

Morale: Whos Responsibility?

So I figured we started off with something that seems to be a hot topic no matter where you are at or what rank you are in the fire service.

And that's morale. Whose responsibility is it?

If you ask the guys on the floor they're going to tell you it's, it's admin. Right?

If you asked the administrative chiefs they're going to tell you its a…


Added by John Lovato Jr on January 6, 2018 at 9:25am — No Comments


From Chief Bobby Halton,

Firefighters, Support H.R. 973/S. 1651 or H.R. 711 Now!

Fairness—you hear that word a lot today. “I will make sure they pay their fair share” is something we hear constantly from politicians about taxes. The first income tax code was established by…


Added by Paul Combs on January 4, 2018 at 7:26am — No Comments

The Prevalence of Suicide Among Firefighters: The Deaths No One Wants to Talk About

When someone says the word hero, we automatically start thinking about things like courage, nobility, and over-the-top achievements. Heroes go above and beyond the call of duty to help people without giving it a second thought.  They don’t give up no matter how afraid they may be. They’re the kind of people who inspire us to achieve great things in our own lives.

It’s this image that we have of heroes that…


Added by Mark W Lamplugh Jr on January 3, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Company Officers: Are you a Manager or a Leader? Hint: I know the answer, and you should too!

Are you the kind of company officer that provides guidance, leadership and mentoring?


Do you barricade yourself in your room all day and night only to come out for calls, food and toilet time, and when your relief man comes in?

Are you taking the time to explain and teach the probies assigned to you and your house about the intricacies and nuances of the job at EVERY opportunity?


Are you quick to dismiss inquiries and curiosities, rush back to the barn so you…


Added by Leigh H. Shapiro on January 2, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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