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Weekend with Bruno

“Weekend with…

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on March 14, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

“I Shall Not Tell a Lie” – Honesty in the Fire Service

I Shall Not Tell a Lie Honesty in the Fire Service

Every year around the annual Presidents' Day holiday we are inundated with images of former presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. These men serve as beacons of early American history and shining examples of our country’s best leaders. However, I always get mixed up on which one of them…

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on February 2, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

You Can Make a Dent

You Can Make a Dent

Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)

            Have you ever felt as if your department was so broken that its problems could not be fixed? Or, have you ever felt like there were so many issues with the fire service in general, that nothing you…

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on January 3, 2017 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Can’t We All Just Get Along? Conflict Resolution in the Fire House

 

Cant We All Just Get Along? Conflict Resolution in the Fire House

Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)

           

            Some call it drama. Many…

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on July 12, 2016 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Pushing the Firefighter “Reset” Button

Pushing the Firefighter Reset Button

Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)

            Do you ever get to the point where you just feel exhausted? Your work schedule has been busier than usual; your home life is hectic. Family, friends, kids,…

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on April 27, 2016 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

“The Ten Percenters; An Exclusive Club but its Doors are Open”

 

The Ten Percenters; An Exclusive Club but its Doors are Open

                        The best of the best. The hall of famers. The top performers. The ones you can always count on.…

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on April 7, 2016 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Think Before You Type

Think Before You Type

            I love technology. I have a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and I post photos to Instagram. I enjoy reading fire service articles, exchanging tweets with firefighters from across the nation, and like many of you, I look at tons of fire scene photos and video clips. Sometimes I see things that make me cringe, sometimes I see things that make…

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on March 25, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Value of Networking

The Value of Networking

Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)

            Spending time with our fellow firefighters is one of the best parts of this amazing career that we all are honored to be a part of. The relationships that we have within our own firehouse are paramount to our…

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on February 24, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Are You a Coachable Firefighter?

Are You a Coachable Firefighter?

Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)

            A few years ago I responded to the scene of an MVA on a busy interstate in our jurisdiction. I arrived in my chief’s vehicle and our fire and EMS units were already on scene. As I exited my car…

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on December 22, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Career vs. Job

Career vs. Job

Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)

            Many firefighters often use the phrase career in the fire service when referring to their employment or their volunteer work. Regularly I attend career fairs where high school and college students express…

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on November 9, 2015 at 10:23am — 2 Comments

Promoting Your Fire Department on a Zero Budget

Promoting Your Fire Department on a Zero Budget

Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)

            If your fire department is like mine, the budget is most likely tight. For the last decade or so, we are all trying to do far more with less funding.  Money for extra”…

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on October 14, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

It's All About Service

Its All About Service

Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)

            The life of a firefighter/paramedic can certainly be challenging. Long hours, difficult calls, working nights, weekends, and holidays can take a toll. For company officers, managing day to day operations and…

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on September 28, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Reflecting on 9/11

Reflecting on 9/11

Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)

     I slept right through the September 11th  terrorist attacks. By the time I awoke, both towers had collapsed, the Pentagon had been attacked, and the last plane had crashed in Pennsylvania. I had worked the night before and only realized what had happened…

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on September 10, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Improving Internal Communication

Improving Internal Communication 

Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)

             Every fire chief has a pet peeve. For some its unpolished boots, for others its firefighters staring at their smart phones. Each of us has at least one thing that our personnel do that drives us crazy. For me, it…

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on August 27, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Firefighters and Divorce

Firefighters and Divorce

Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)

            Something I am very careful about when I teach, speak to groups, or submit articles to Fire Engineering, is that I only talk about subjects and topics which I feel that I…

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on July 13, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Firefighters are Never Really on Vacation

Firefighters are Never Really on Vacation

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on July 6, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

What Does “Unlimited Passion” Mean to You?

 

What Does Unlimited Passion Mean to You?

Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)

            Often when I speak to new firefighters and fire…

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on June 26, 2015 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Why Our Fire Departments Need to Hire Military Veterans

Why Our Fire Departments Need to Hire Military Veterans

Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)…

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on May 20, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Let Us Remember to Thank Our Mentors

Let Us Remember to Thank Our Mentors

Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)

            As we progress through our careers in the fire service, we meet many amazing people. Instructors, company officers,…

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on April 14, 2015 at 9:10am — No Comments

Never Forget Your First Day

 

Never Forget Your First Day

Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)

     I love the fire service. I truly believe that being a career firefighter is the best job on the planet. Thrilling, exciting, fulfilling, and demanding are all…

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on March 30, 2015 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

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