With the debate regarding the benefits of exterior streams and ventilation control having been settled in favor of at least adopting the option to perform these potentially faster, safer, and more effective approaches for controlling fires in structures, many fire service leaders and instructors are asking: “How can our department implement these valuable practices?” Fortunately, the most significant efforts toward making these changes have already been expended by…Continue
Added by Mark J. Cotter on September 23, 2019 at 5:55am — No Comments
“An organization’s culture is made up of its folklore, its rituals, its group norms, and its meeting protocols. All of these cultural ingredients influence the organization’s adaptability. The culture of an organization is not usually written down or formally documented, but it still powerfully determines what is considered acceptable and unacceptable behavior” (Heifetz, Grashow, & Linsky, 2009). With fire service culture, you have two choices; you…Continue
Added by Chris Langlois on September 22, 2019 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Across the country, in today’s fast paced world of emergency response systems, we as a community have evolved. But this evolution of response systems does not equally affect our community wholly which can cause problems when trying to coordinate response and mutual aid efforts. In some areas of the country, the morphing of response systems is quite progressive making every incident more likely to be mitigated rapidly by ensuring coverage areas are always protected and the quickest and most…Continue
Added by Nathan Lindgren on September 19, 2019 at 8:10pm — No Comments
There are 1,440 minutes in each day, let that sink in for a second. Now obviously there needs to be time for work, for family, and for sleep. Let’s try to make a realistic breakdown of the regular day.
Much has been written about leadership. Everywhere you turn there are books, podcasts, blogs and so on about the subject. Please consider one more article about it, though.
Leadership is not something you do, it’s something you are given.
I would contend that no one becomes a leader. They are given leadership. I can read all the books or attend every seminar I want to on the subject and still not be a leader. I can have influence,…Continue
Added by John Lightly on September 16, 2019 at 6:05am — No Comments
YOU matter more than you know!
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Added by Paul Combs on September 9, 2019 at 3:47pm — No Comments
Excellent firefighters are easy to spot: they’re usually doing something that will enhance their skills and knowledge. Though individual abilities will differ due to such variables as time in service, experience, and level of training, the consistent traits of the best firefighters are that they tirelessly study the trade, practice skills, and critique responses in order to better assist the citizens they are sworn to serve. This quality is readily apparent in their focus, attitude, and…Continue
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Added by Paul Combs on September 6, 2019 at 7:29am — No Comments
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Added by Nick J. Salameh on September 5, 2019 at 10:53am — No Comments