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March Fire Engineering Magazine: GUILTY!

Yep, we all know this instructor... and hopefully it's not you!

STAY FIRED UP, and teach beyond the slide!


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Added by Paul Combs on March 28, 2019 at 8:27am — No Comments

Toxic Ego

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…


Added by Andrew Sauder on March 27, 2019 at 8:21am — No Comments

Bully-Type Behaviors - Extreme Leadership FDIC2019

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.

It seems in my travels a lot of good fire departments are slowly being…


Added by Assistant Chief Billy Greenwood on March 25, 2019 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Dealing With A “Less Than Desirable” Firehouse Culture - Extreme Leadership

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…


Added by Assistant Chief Billy Greenwood on March 21, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Fallen Hero: The look of a firefighter struggling.

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,…


Added by Mark W Lamplugh Jr on March 20, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments

Triage For Marriage

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…


Added by Cody Tweedy on March 18, 2019 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Leave It Better

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…


Added by Nick J. Salameh on March 15, 2019 at 10:44am — No Comments


No use complaining about a bad crop when you sowed bad seeds. So, what kind of firefighter are you and your training program creating?

STAY FIRED UP, and own your baby!


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Added by Paul Combs on March 15, 2019 at 8:13am — No Comments

Quick Survey!

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…


Added by Lauren Wintle on March 14, 2019 at 1:53pm — No Comments

The 5 "F's" of Delegation

As you move up the ladder in your career, you naturally acquire more responsibilities. At some point you will reach a level where we can no longer personally accomplish all of the programs, projects and tasks you are responsible for. If you continue to try to go it alone, productivity and quality of work begins to suffer. Eventually, you will find yourself…

Added by Troy J. Bonfield on March 11, 2019 at 5:00am — No Comments

High Rise Fires: Tips for the First Due Engine


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…


Added by Jarrod Sergi on March 8, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments

Faith in Your Mission

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,…


Added by John Lightly on March 3, 2019 at 5:58pm — No Comments

Go to a fire every day.

Go to a fire every day. Every damn day.

Do I work for the busiest company in the busiest department? Surely not.

But I go to fires every single day.

Mentally, physically, or emotionally; I go to fires every day.  Allow me to explain.

This starts with a can-do and will-do attitude; a discipline that you are a firefighter. A way of life. That means acting accordingly on your…


Added by John Buttrick on February 28, 2019 at 12:00am — No Comments

So You Want to Be a Company Officer

As with most firefighters, it is in our DNA to aspire to have more impact. In the fire service that often translates into promoting within the ranks. Many are fortunate enough to promote and are successful as company officers. Others for whatever reason may choose not to or may never be successful in promoting and remain a firefighter for their entire…


Added by Troy J. Bonfield on February 26, 2019 at 8:39pm — No Comments

BULLSEYE! February Fire Engineering Magazine Cartoon.

There is a saying I heard a few years ago that goes like this, "If it's always you against the world, the problem is probably you!"

If you are having issues with the people you lead, perhaps it's time you took a long hard and honest look in the mirror - the problem might just be you.



Added by Paul Combs on February 22, 2019 at 7:23am — No Comments

Public Perception Is Everything

Lately I’ve been thinking about how the fire service is perceived and whether firefighters take advantage of public perception and/or take public perception for granted. Perception is relative, right? It’s in the eye of the beholder. What kind of impression do you think we as firefighters set on the public we serve?

Firefighting is a noble profession, but not everyone can do it. It takes special men and women to be firefighters. They must have courage, strength, integrity,…


Added by Nick J. Salameh on February 21, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments

How A Firefighter Can Deal With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Are you a firefighter who is secretly struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?  A firefighter can be exposed to many terrifying images and events that can trigger PTSD. Unfortunately, many firefighters suffer in silence without getting the proper treatment to overcome PTSD.

As a result, here are some helpful tips on how to help a fellow firefighter who is struggling with this fear related disorder.

Learn As Much As You Can…


Added by Stan Popovich on February 20, 2019 at 5:40pm — No Comments

Why Suicide Is Not The Answer For A Firefighter’s Personal Struggles

By: Stan Popovich

You are a firefighter and you are the end of your rope, and you can't take it any much longer. You are suffering from anxiety, depression, guilt or some other fear related issue and you feel there is no hope. Although things may seem difficult suicide is not the answer to your personal struggles.

Here are six reasons why suicide is not the solution to your problems.


Things Change Over…


Added by Stan Popovich on February 20, 2019 at 5:35pm — No Comments


Washington D.C. isn't the only place where political buffoonery runs amuck! Hopefully you still have a leg to stand on, because many do not.

STAY FIRED UP, and training hard with what you have.


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Added by Paul Combs on February 20, 2019 at 6:57am — No Comments

Power Lines & Breaker Box’s

Power Lines & Breaker Box’s

Upon arriving at an incident, whether it’s a working structure fire or a “possible structure fire”, there are many tasks to be completed.  Water supplies, size ups, 360’s, interior reports, and a whole host of other actions that…


Added by Adam J. Hansen on February 19, 2019 at 10:04am — No Comments

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