Having been blessed to attend FDIC 2019 last week in Indianapolis, I’d like to humbly offer some takeaways that can be applied to most any situation in life.
1. It’s important to get out of your comfort zone
I think it’s safe to say that humans are creatures of habit. We are generally content to stick with what is familiar to us, especially the more introverted we are. As firefighters, we like being in control of things and have an intense belief that…Continue
Added by John Lightly on April 16, 2019 at 10:50am — No Comments
A couple of weeks ago I had the honor to deliver a short invocation at the inaugural Deep South Fire Conference in Birmingham, Alabama. What follows is an updated format.
If you are reading this, you have probably heard of Andy Fredericks? You’ve probably also heard of “Andy’s Ambassadors”. You…Continue
Added by Clay Magee on April 9, 2019 at 11:45am — No Comments
A basic system consists of a central control panel to which smoke alarms and heat detectors are connected, together with bells or horns & sprinklers that are activated when the system triggers an alarm. The control panel operates from the electrical system in the building and should contain an emergency battery which can operate the fire alarm part-system for about 24 hours during a power shortage.
The basic requirements for the number and locations of alarms depend mainly on the…Continue
Added by Hannah Stouterr on April 5, 2019 at 6:00am — No Comments
April Fire Engineering magazine cartoon.
Way too much of this going on these days!
STAY FIRED UP, and be you, be original... or at the very least, give credit where credit is due!
Added by Paul Combs on April 3, 2019 at 8:59am — No Comments
...because sometimes the only point is to be silly.
STAY FIRED UP, and from time to time, lighten up.
Added by Paul Combs on March 31, 2019 at 4:20pm — No Comments
Duty to the citizens we serve is frequently held up as our most basic and sacred responsibility as firefighters, and I couldn't agree more. It motivates us to perfect our skills for the benefit of others, face dangers known and unknown, and even to leave a warm bed to assist a stranger. In short, it inspires selflessness. Still, though that obligation is powerful, it is unfocused; it serves as a compass, not a map. My point in making this distinction is to counter the frequent citation of…Continue
Added by Mark J. Cotter on March 31, 2019 at 4:17pm — No Comments
A mentor is defined as a trusted counselor or guide, someone who may be an influential sponsor or supporter. A coach is one who instructs or trains. These are terms that are used everywhere in our culture of leadership and personal development books, podcasts, and lecture series. A mentor is viewed as that old sage who takes us under their wing to give us little snippets of wisdom and tweetable quotes. The personal coaching industry has a large market share in business circles and seems to…Continue
Added by John Lightly on March 30, 2019 at 8:13pm — No Comments
STAY FIRED UP, and teach beyond the slide!
Added by Paul Combs on March 28, 2019 at 8:27am — No Comments
I want to begin this with a challenge to each and every one of you out there reading this, it’s a simple phrase and think about how this makes you feel. “I am not here for me, I am here for we, and we are here for them”. Are these just words to you? Is there any action behind this? For some of you however on the other side this may be your sole purpose for existing in the fire service and for that I say THANK YOU! In the past I have written about Titles, and Own It which are both important…Continue
Added by Andrew Sauder on March 27, 2019 at 8:21am — No Comments
Leading up to FDIC2019 and our Pre-Conference Workshop titled Extreme Leadership – Building High Performance Teams on Tuesday April 9th, 2019, let’s talk about one of the most challenging leadership encounters… that of having to deal with the bully-type individual.Continue
Added by Assistant Chief Billy Greenwood on March 25, 2019 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Great leaders know they simply can’t get anything done without people... And those who do it well know they can get more done by who they know, than what they think they know. So leading up to our pre-conference workshop at the FDIC2019, here is some food for thought on fixing a dysfunctional fire department culture.
As a leader in an organization regardless of the color of your helmet, you must evaluate you and your officers ability to positively engage and influence those in your…Continue
Added by Assistant Chief Billy Greenwood on March 21, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
Working in the fire service gives a sense of nobility; a purpose that goes beyond just “clocking in.” It is an established honorable profession. Its members are a tight family, a brotherhood that unites when called upon. However, being a member of this family comes at a price. It is not an easy road, nor is it always appealing. Images of the shining fire apparatus and polished uniforms are replaced with images of destroyed homes, patients with horrific burns,…Continue
Added by Mark W Lamplugh Jr on March 20, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments
What is marriage? Webster’s dictionary defines marriage as, the legally or formally recognized union of two people as partners in a personal relationship. Partners, remember that. It also states that marriage is a combination or mixture of two or more elements. For example “a marriage of jazz, pop, blues, and gospel.” This sounds more like a marriage than anything…Continue
Within the fire service, each of us has a duty and responsibility to leave the service better than when we came in. This includes bettering ourselves along the way. Each generation firefighter receives the theoretical baton from those who came before. The baton symbolizes the rich history of the fire service, where we came from, where we are today, and where we’re headed. Modern fire science, through the work of Underwriters Laboratories – Firefighter Safety…Continue
Added by Nick J. Salameh on March 15, 2019 at 10:44am — No Comments
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Hello, everyone! My name is Lauren Wintle. I am a 21 year old student in my last year of college at Rogers State University. I have conducted a survey on occupational identity, coping mechanisms, and stress among firefighters. My dad is the Deputy Chief in Owasso, OK and my grandfather was a Tulsa firefighter, so I wanted to conduct this survey for them! It is short & sweet -- shouldn't take longer than 5 minutes to complete.
Thank you so much! The survey is…Continue
Added by Lauren Wintle on March 14, 2019 at 1:53pm — No Comments
Added by Troy J. Bonfield on March 11, 2019 at 5:00am — No Comments
Its visibly clear that high rise fires offer a special set of circumstances and challenges that we will have to overcome and be prepared for. Just look up; elevation alone adds to the complexity. Now pile on building systems, multiple stairwells, complex stretches and floor layouts that will easily drain your resources. All these things are going to have to be controlled throughout the…Continue
Added by Jarrod Sergi on March 8, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments
One of the biggest challenges for any professional educator is how to stay up to date with the latest ways to engage and motivate fire service students for positive behavioral modification. Most of us understand that one size fits all training, in the fire service doesn’t engage everybody. But, is it bigger than that? Depending on your audience’s intelligence map (which is personality based for each student in the fire service) they can greatly differ in learning styles. For example some…Continue
Added by Assistant Chief Billy Greenwood on March 6, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments
From the book Building Leaders the West Point Way by General Joseph P. Franklin US Army (retired)
Page 41... “From the last rung of the ladder to the top, everyone has to have faith in their mission.”
But what happens when you don’t have faith in your mission? How do you have faith when you don’t believe in the leader? Check that, not the leader but the person in charge. Big difference there. How do you continue on when the whole organization is on edge,…Continue
Added by John Lightly on March 3, 2019 at 5:58pm — No Comments