The fire service has been described as paramilitary organization with a leadership organized in a top down fashion. In other words, one person does the thinking, one person directs the organization and one person takes responsibility. Is that right? Is that how your organization operates?
I was stimulated to author this article based on the belief that we can lead and manage better if we involve all of the personnel…Continue
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The Axemen lost another brother.
A few months ago, I shared a post about the importance of maintaining some kind of balance between the rigors of being a firefighter and whatever else it takes to put a smile on your face. Such a conversation usually starts with family, extends to a few golf strokes, an annual vacation, or maybe just hanging out with a pack of buddies at the local McDonalds, telling lies about the good ‘ole days.
At the time, David (Professor) and I were fresh…Continue
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I recently heard this statement in a podcast by Stephen Mansfield. Though I’ve heard variations of it in other places, the way he said it made me stop mowing the lawn and pay closer attention.
It’s a simple statement, yet it’s packed with reality. The point of it is that life can be a struggle, success hinges on how you face up to those struggles.
We teach our kids from their earliest moments this lesson. When a baby is first learning to walk and keeps falling,…Continue
Added by John Lightly on June 15, 2019 at 10:11am — No Comments
The inventor, thinker, genius, mathematician and all around smart guy, Albert Einstein once said, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” I think he was right. We worked the same way for a long time (the first 270 years or so) and injuries and LODDs became part and parcel to our service. We thought that simply doing it “over and over again” the same way and thinking it would change all by itself, would work. It didn’t. However…Continue
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My training and tools side hustle receives a fair share of inquiries regarding “vetting” new tools. These typically come from the company themselves, direct to us, for review. What intrigued me as a Truck Co. firefighter after seeing The CHAR tool was that this could be the first vertical firefighter self-rescue tool. As a massive fan of the pompier ladder, I had to get my hands on this.
This one I solicited for. I wanted this…Continue
Added by John Buttrick on June 9, 2019 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Anyone who has seen the HBO Mini-Series “Band of Brothers” knows who Major Richard Winters is. The leader of Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment states in his book, “Beyond Band of Brothers” that, “Having selected the right men for the job, I then delegated the authority to my subordinates and allowed them to use their initiative to execute the mission. There is no need to tell someone how to do his job if you have properly trained your…Continue
I would think it’s safe to say that practically every truck company in the US carries a K-12, whether Partner, Stihl, or Husqvarna. Departments without dedicated trucks often carry these versatile saws on their engines. Obviously we also find them on squads and heavy rescue companies.
They are a great tool to have and if you’re lucky you have at least two. There’s a lot that can be…Continue
Added by Clay Magee on June 4, 2019 at 3:22pm — No Comments
A Letter to America's Fire Officers
Dear America's Fire Officers,
We the American firefighter need you.
We need you to set the example.
We need you to be competent.
We need you to be ready.
We need you to set the example.
We need you to be in shape.
We need you to not shirk responsibility.
We need you to put your gear on...always.
We need you…Continue
Added by Andrew Zysk on June 3, 2019 at 10:33am — No Comments
I read something the other day about a firefighter suicide that got under my skin. It said, "we need to do something, because what we are doing is not working."
While we will never be able to prevent or stop all suicides, we are making a difference.
Sadly, it's a difference that we will rarely quantify because sometimes, we rarely know the difference we make in the lives of others.
I know I have been in dark places, and all it took was a smile…Continue
Added by Dena Ali on June 2, 2019 at 7:45pm — No Comments