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Cowardice from the Cheap Seats

Dealing with cowardice from the cheap seatsI was standing in the parking lot of our training center shooting the breeze with a few guys when one of them said, "Hey man, you've got to see this!" He whips out his cell phone, dials up Youtube, and proceeds to show me a video of two firefighters over zealously practicing a push of a 1.75" line in a parking lot. I quickly recognize the tone of the video is more satire than instructional, basically knocking the Nozzle Forward program. In true…See More
May 7
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Profile Information

Lives in:
Virginia
Department:
Henrico County Division of Fire
Title/rank:
Lieutenant
Years of public service:
16
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Topics you provide training for:
Leadership
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Bio:
Benjamin Martin is a Lieutenant with a large metro fire department in Virginia. He has over sixteen years in public safety and speaks throughout the country on leadership. He has written leadership articles for Fire Engineering, Fire Department Training Network (FDTN), International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI), FirefighterToolbox, and FirefighterWife. He is a member of the National Speakers Association and International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI).

Benjamin has worked extensively for years with the Virginia Fire Officer Academy and is also a founding member of the Metro Richmond Public Safety Academy. He has a Bachelor’s in Fire Science and a Master’s in Public Administration. Benjamin is also the owner and operator of the leadership training featured at www.EmbraceTheResistance.com.
Web site:
http://embracetheresistance.com

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Cowardice from the Cheap Seats

Dealing with cowardice from the cheap seats

I was standing in the parking lot of our training center shooting the breeze with a few guys when one of them said, "Hey man, you've got to see this!" He whips out his cell phone, dials up Youtube, and proceeds to show me a video of two firefighters over zealously practicing a push of a 1.75" line in a parking lot. I quickly recognize the tone of the video is more satire than instructional, basically knocking the Nozzle Forward program. In…

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Posted on May 7, 2019 at 5:38pm

Complacent or actively disengaged: What can be done about crappy attitudes?

      Have you ever had a conversation with someone whose outlook or attitude was so crappy about the topic that it exhausted you just listening to them?   As leaders, we are often tasked with realigning people's perspective and/or performance to the expectations of the organization.  Accomplishing this typically involves having to have "hard" conversations with people whose values and interest about the fire service may not resemble much of our own.  This becomes especially…

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Posted on January 22, 2019 at 3:44pm

Rethinking Leadership: The use and abuse of power

So let's talk about...power.  Power is a gift we are given by either the formal recognition from an organization,  the informal recognition of our peers, or at times from both.  Power often has a negative connotation, perhaps because we often see leaders using it for selfish reasons.  We've all seen a boss or two throw their weight around hiding behind their badge.  This is usually accompanied by the likes of "do it because I said so".

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Posted on September 20, 2018 at 2:51pm

Rethinking Leadership: Who is to blame in your department?

“Problems are what make us grow. Problems are what sculpt our soul. Problems are what make us become more.” -Tony Robbins

 

I recently got the chance to spend a whopping nine days in a row with my…

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Posted on August 2, 2018 at 1:11pm

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