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Featured Blog Posts – October 2010 Archive (5)

Pure Speculation, Not Judgment

I read two line of duty death reports from the USFA yesterday…we all need to read them. It does not say how or why these good men died, but that is the point. Not knowing gives us an opportunity to look at ourselves and speculate what might have caused their deaths and focus us on what we should be doing to protect ourselves, those we care for, and those that we work with.

I copied… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on October 26, 2010 at 3:42pm — 1 Comment

Engaged and Ownership in today Fire Service

What do these two little words mean to you in your life? They have different meanings for all of us I’m sure, but, how much thought do we give to these words in our Professional lives as Firemen and as Brothers?

In our everyday lives we are engaged in sports, playing, coaching, watching, etc. We are engaged in our families, by being loving husband or wives, fathers or mothers, watching our children grow into well rounded adults. We own cars, houses, computers, cell phones, you name… Continue

Added by Jeff Schwering on October 20, 2010 at 12:00pm — 18 Comments


I am a BIG believer in SOGs (or, SOPs depending on your Department). Standard Operating Guidelines are the foundation for how we approach most incidents and a baseline for what is expected of us as firefighters. Although it is up to ALL of us to follow and uphold our Department's SOGs, I'm putting this commentary on the… Continue

Added by Paul Combs on October 18, 2010 at 2:45pm — 9 Comments

Arizona has a chance to set the example for the US once agian

On Nov. 2, the people of Arizona will decide whether to amend the state constitution to bar the government from discriminating against or granting preferences to individuals or groups in public employment, contracting, and education. I wholeheartedly support Proposition 107, the Arizona Civil Rights Initiative. A person’s race, ethnicity, or skin color should not be a part of their promotion or the application process. Individuals should be promoted, hired, or admitted based on their… Continue

Added by Frank Ricci on October 15, 2010 at 1:18pm — 1 Comment

Chief Bobby Halton's October Rant

Socialists or Capitalists

Oct 1, 2010


I have a great friend; he is provocative, insightful, and funny. He is the kind of guy that you never know what he is going to do next. He voted for President Obama then showed up at the Courage and Valor Fun Run this year wearing a T-shirt with former President George W. Bush’s picture on it and the caption “Miss Me Yet?” He is not afraid to change his mind or speak it; he has courage in his convictions, and… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on October 12, 2010 at 10:56am — 10 Comments

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