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Featured Blog Posts – February 2015 Archive (7)

New Guys and High Expectations



As I am sitting here at my desk after finishing up daily round of paperwork, daily tour log and browsing the interwebs to kill some time, I sit here and ponder the job. How much I love it, how much I want other brother and sister…


Added by Ian Schulte on February 22, 2015 at 11:08pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Why are you a Firefighter?


Why Are You A Firefighter?

I was recently invited to speak at the Angola Fire Department Symposium. During the last class of the day which was Leadership: Trust, Love and Thermodynamics, I started off by asking those…


Added by David Rhodes on February 18, 2015 at 5:04pm — 1 Comment



“It takes two flints to make a fire.” Louisa May Alcott

What’s the condition of our team?

Is our team incipient, smoldering, vent limited, ignited, developing, heavily involved, fully involved or…


Added by Warren Cersley on February 17, 2015 at 1:55pm — No Comments


Too much? Nah! Who doesn't like a little pop culture parody - and Fifty Shades of Grey was just too juicy to pass on. 

So, what crazy or embarrassing calls have you been on? Share - but please, let's keep it PG rated - just the facts, ma'am.

Click link below to see more of Paul's work or to buy prints:…


Added by Paul Combs on February 17, 2015 at 8:05am — No Comments

Making the tragedy personal is the first step in preventing the next Line of Duty Death.

 “The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.” Joseph Stalin

After recently reading Dan Ariely’s book, Predictably Irrational, and his use of this quote, I pondered if this quote from the feared Communist leader Joseph Stalin could help reduce our line of duty deaths and the answer is YES! While Stalin’s quote was most likely intended for more sinister purposes it does…


Added by Dan Shaw on February 5, 2015 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS Penciling Is For Drawing the Nozzle Fully Open

Penciling is for Drawing a Nozzle Fully Open

When recruit firefighters are told one thing and then shown something different they end up applying what they were…


Added by David Rhodes on February 4, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

Leading Without Rank

Leading Without Rank

Joseph L. Kitchen, Fire Chief Bath Township (Lima, Ohio)

Shiny collar brass, gleaming white helmet, command vehicle, right front passenger seat, forty hour week. Do any of these make…


Added by Joseph Kitchen on February 3, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

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