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Featured Blog Posts – February 2014 Archive (6)

Ahi Tuna & FDIC

Old guys like me are occasionally asked what we consider to be the highlight of our career.  I always thought standing on the “big stage,” at FDIC represented the pinacle of achievement in our business.  It’s where I’ve seen all of my fire service heroes stand and talk on the latest in firefighting and what is coming next.  I had the honor some years ago to stand there.  I couldn’t believe that they let me anywhere near that podium, but I was honored to have the chance to do it.  But as it…


Added by Eddie Buchanan on February 26, 2014 at 10:02am — 1 Comment


What do you do in your free time? Pick up a fire service magazine, grab an instructional book, or pick up a seldom used tool and learn, and teach those who may not know.

Our time is always in demand - use it wisely.

Take care and ALWAYS make a…


Added by Paul Combs on February 21, 2014 at 7:52am — No Comments

Why Have I Not Been Promoted Yet?

A few times a week, I get phone calls or emails from people trying to find out why they have yet to be promoted or hired (if from the outside applying for a position). Either they failed the recent promotional exam or they did not score high enough to get promoted and they seem to want to blame everyone but themselves for their misfortune. Most of the time, when people ask my advice, they usually start off with something to the effect of "what more do I need to obtain in the way of…


Added by Steve Prziborowski on February 16, 2014 at 11:26pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Technology Dependence

Technology is great and it allows us to operate with speeds only imagined just a decade ago. It also make us somewhat vulnerable as we rely on it and become a little complacent in the fundamental basics. For many, GPS and Google maps = not learning territory, TICs = not training on room orientation and wall…


Added by David Rhodes on February 12, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

LODD: A Widow’s Perspective

In March of 2011, I posted Maple City Sorrow on the anniversary of the death of…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on February 9, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Experience or Education - Is One Better Than the Other?

It seems to me that the fire service struggles with a debate that is taking on many similarities to the fog vs. solid stream debate. This debate is newer but is discussed with the same vigor. It is a debate about education in the fire service and its importance in comparison to experience.



Added by Dane Carley on February 7, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

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