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May 2010 Blog Posts (6)

RIDING BACKWORDS...A Rookies Perspective on Issues Affecting the Fire Service

When make do shouldn't do

Firefighters and emergency medical workers must be largely optimistic - if they weren't then how or why would they want to do the job. Is a pessimist going to routinely put themselves in a position to respond to what may be the worst day of someone's life and expect to make it better - or at least make a difference? If they believe that they can’t/won't be able to make a difference then why even respond? An optimistic attitude is essential for success for… Continue

Added by John Barrett on May 25, 2010 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments


One of my all-time favorite quotes pretty much sums up my feelings on this month's commentary; "Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with the results" - George S. Patton.

Nothing is more demoralizing than to have a job or responsibility ranked from underneath you,… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on May 24, 2010 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Fundamentals, Basics, Training, Oh My!

Last night I had the pleasure to listen to and get in on a discussion on Art Chief Reason’s new FirefighterNetcast radio show. The show was fantastic and the content was interesting and stimulating. However, the topic that came up that really got my attention was when he and Dave dove into the subject of risk vs. benefit and safety vs. extinguishment. I know, I know, this has been beaten with a sledge hammer over our collective heads for the last year or so. But, I just can’t figure one thing… Continue

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on May 18, 2010 at 9:57pm — 6 Comments

Are You Making a Difference?

Ahhh, the good ole days!

Are you making a difference? It is a simple question that requires a “yes” or “no” answer. So, which is it?

The fire service is full of opportunities for people to take advantage of to better themselves. Are you taking advantage of those opportunities?

It is easy to go to work and sit down at the kitchen table and complain about what needs to be done that day. It is easy to come into work and… Continue

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on May 15, 2010 at 5:53pm — No Comments


...and just in time for all those summer wildfires, too. I am truly amazed every year as I watch reports from the network news drama-mill about folks who refuse to leave homes and property threatened by wildfires. Understanding that every home is a man's castle and we'd all fight to keep ours, it's comments like "I'm can… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on May 12, 2010 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment


Ahhh, the stench of May elections is in the air and I just couldn't resist pulling out my ol' political cartoon pens to take a stab at our "helpful" elected officials - with an obvious fire service twist, of course. This cartoon expresses two points; the first being that our elected public servants tend to steer the… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on May 3, 2010 at 3:13pm — 5 Comments

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