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June 2018 Blog Posts (16)

The Attributes of Leading

(Photo Credits: B Shifter Magazine).

I recently attended a train-the-trainer class for a new…

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Added by Christopher Baker on June 30, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Ground Ladders Part 2 from Engine House Training

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on June 29, 2018 at 10:12pm — No Comments

CLOWNING AROUND!

“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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…

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Added by Paul Combs on June 29, 2018 at 7:01am — No Comments

Avoiding Risk Doesn't Make You Safe: It's All About Perception

            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…

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Added by Chad Menard on June 27, 2018 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

The Sign Says “Rerack Your Weights”

Not every post has to be deep; some just require common sense.

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…

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Added by Scott Ferguson on June 26, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

Gypsum Roof Decking

 

         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…

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Added by Adam J. Hansen on June 22, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments

Cats in the Cradle

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…

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Added by Scott Ferguson on June 19, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Communicating for Positive Results

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…

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Added by Nick J. Salameh on June 14, 2018 at 2:36pm — 2 Comments

In Memorium- Recognizing Those who have served before us.

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.…

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Added by Anthony Correia on June 12, 2018 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Why We Do It

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…

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Added by Dave McGlynn on June 11, 2018 at 10:32pm — No Comments

CREW UNITY

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…

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Added by Paul Combs on June 11, 2018 at 8:43am — No Comments

LET GO OF MY EGO! - June Fire Engineering Magazine Editorial Cartoon



How BIG is your ego, and are you getting in the way of the very people you should be building up?



STAY FIRED UP, and remember, it is always about them!

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To see more Drawn By Fire, go to:…

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Added by Paul Combs on June 6, 2018 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Maybe Average Really Can Be Awsome

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 –…

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Added by Scott Ferguson on June 6, 2018 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The Berlin Wall - Overcoming Generational Boundaries

  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…

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Added by Matt Beakas on June 4, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Our Reformation

Our Reformation

 

 

The Citizen. The Neighbor. The Stranger. The Family.…

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Added by Dustin Martinez on June 3, 2018 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

The Future Firefighter: Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio Show with Firefighter Functional Fitness

(Photo Credits @MTLfirehousefitness IG)

“Fitness is 90% mental, 10% execution. The body cannot go where the mind does not…

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Added by Christopher Baker on June 1, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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