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…Continue
Added by Andrew Sauder on March 27, 2019 at 8:21am — No Comments
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.Continue
Added by Assistant Chief Billy Greenwood on March 25, 2019 at 8:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Assistant Chief Billy Greenwood on March 21, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Mark W Lamplugh Jr on March 20, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by Lauren Wintle on March 14, 2019 at 1:53pm — No Comments
Jacob McAfee, MS, CFO, CTO, MIFireE is the Fire Chief…Continue
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FDIC 2019: Session: Firefighter Mentorship
Firefighter Mentorship: Designing, implementing, managing and sustaining an effective mentoring program.…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by Jarrod Sergi on March 8, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments
One of the biggest challenges for any professional educator is how to stay up to date with the latest ways to engage and motivate fire service students for positive behavioral modification. Most of us understand that one size fits all training, in the fire service doesn’t engage everybody. But, is it bigger than that? Depending on your audience’s intelligence map (which is personality based for each student in the fire service) they can greatly differ in learning styles. For example some…Continue
Added by Assistant Chief Billy Greenwood on March 6, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by John Lightly on March 3, 2019 at 5:58pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by John T. Buttrick III on February 28, 2019 at 12:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Troy J. Bonfield on February 26, 2019 at 8:39pm — No Comments
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
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,…Continue
Added by Nick J. Salameh on February 21, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Stan Popovich on February 20, 2019 at 5:40pm — No Comments