Added by Jason Hoevelmann on June 29, 2018 at 10:12pm — No Comments
I am a reader - I have been since my days as a child staying up past midnight reading comic books. Why, because my mom was a reader and knew the value of learning new things and going on the wild adventures that only reading can take you on.
Now, I’m sure to…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on June 29, 2018 at 7:01am — No Comments
There’s a risk to not taking risks, it’s unsafe. Is that possible? I think so, and in today’s time I feel like some have enveloped themselves so much in being safe, that they no longer train to a standard that allows them to be prepared and competent. That’s unsafe. This does not mean that being safe isn’t necessary, and I would never advocate doing tasks that are unsafe just for the sake of doing them, that’s a suicide mission. However, there is no better safety factor than…Continue
While working out at the local gym a few weeks ago, I noticed a young woman walking around wiping down equipment, stripping weights, and putting away dumbbells that were left scattered around from the night…Continue
Added by Scott Ferguson on June 26, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments
A few weeks back, our training division was able to acquire a structure set for demolition. It was a 1960, two story, Type #2, Commercial, measuring in around 10,500 square feet. With time always equaling money, organizations are often limited to having these structures for just a few days prior to coming down. However, with this particular structure, we had the tremendous opportunity of having it at our disposal for an entire month. We utilized it to the…Continue
Added by Adam J. Hansen on June 22, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
In 1974, Harry Chapin released a song entitled Cats in The Cradle; it was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. I was only 13 years old, and probably more interested in the Eagles and Chicago than a ballad singer, but I remember the lyrics had an impact on me then, as they still do today. The story centers…Continue
Added by Scott Ferguson on June 19, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Positive communication, why does it matter? Whether oral or written, we’ve all seen examples of effective and ineffective communication. Each example usually speaks for itself. Much of this article will focus on written communication and how to leave your audience with a positive impression, but also speaks to effective verbal communication.
Many of us have seen examples of work related documents and emails that have contained numerous spelling and/or grammatical errors, or a…Continue
The following comments are something I put together for Piscataway NJ's Fire Departments annual memorial service a few weeks back. A reflective look at those who have served in fire service and have since passed.
We recognize the contributions and sacrifices of hundreds of firefighters every year…Continue
Added by Anthony Correia on June 12, 2018 at 12:42pm — No Comments
I was watching a Simon Sinek “Ted Talks” motivational video on Leadership. He spoke on something that opened my eyes, he said “why do we do it?”
Instantly my brain adjusted to referencing how that statement could apply to me as well as the people I work with and more importantly the people we serve. I first started with why I became a Firefighter.
Why did I become a Firefighter? Such an odd question that when asked many of us are seemingly caught off guard and can’t describe…Continue
Added by Dave McGlynn on June 11, 2018 at 10:32pm — No Comments
Psalm, 133:1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”
Crew unity provides members with a sense of cohesion and confidence during calls, and a natural support network when returning to, or at, the fire station. A close crew is one whose members share a strong bond, loyalty, and commitment to…Continue
Added by Paul Combs on June 11, 2018 at 8:43am — No Comments
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Added by Paul Combs on June 6, 2018 at 9:47pm — No Comments
Movies celebrating great teams that have overcome adversity to become hugely successful are awesome. Leadership books that summarize their most prominent themes at the end of each chapter are awesome. Guest speakers that tell a story of how they rose from the ashes to become masters of their craft…are awesome. Fire departments that are rich with resources, staff, equipment, and are quick to share their innovative training tools and techniques – you guessed it –…Continue
Added by Scott Ferguson on June 6, 2018 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Almost every department across the country has has that one neighboring department. The one department that five, ten, or twenty years ago did something to shake the foundation of trust. From that incident, years of rumors, distrust, and animosity grew between your departments. You’re naive to think these situations don’t exist because they do, and they’re every bit as dangerous as the IDLH environments we face. How in…Continue
Added by Matt Beakas on June 4, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments
The Citizen. The Neighbor. The Stranger. The Family.…Continue