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December 2009 Blog Posts (6)

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Merry Christmas, and a very safe New Year!

Added by Paul Combs on December 25, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

An Encouraging Training Session

I just finished giving a two-day training program to a very “together” group of firefighters and officers. I won’t mention where the training took place, but it was very apparent that these departments worked well together.

The group of fire departments was part of an area where over 40 departments existed in the same county. Of course, there was a major metropolitan department representing one of the 40 departments and surprisingly, they were represented at the training.

I had the… Continue

Added by Skip Coleman on December 16, 2009 at 6:35pm — 3 Comments

Long Slow Ride

Added by Paul Combs on December 10, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Respect


Far too many officers, whether it be insecurity or ego driven, demand their due respect - for it is more important and self-serving to be recognized by rank than as an effective leader. Respect is earned by action alone, not self-gratification. Earn your subordinate's trust, and respect will come naturally.

Added by Paul Combs on December 8, 2009 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

Vehicle near miss vehicle vs. building

Had a vehicle operation related close call today. Getting ready for the holidays we were hanging holiday lights in our radio room. Of course we couldn't complete the job without having to use something from the rig. We used a small step ladder from the engine to hang the lights. Of course the newer firefighter was asked to get it from the rig. In doing so left the compartment door open which was on my side. I was unaware he was going to leave it open as we never should. In the process of… Continue

Added by Lance Neuses on December 2, 2009 at 8:07pm — 1 Comment

TAKING CARE OF YOUR LEATHERHEAD

So I decided it was time to either get a new helmet or restore mine to a serviceable condition. Upon close inspection, (this means taking stock of my helmet's grievances) I found the liner worn in several areas although the ratchet was functioning, the attachment points were in a bad way, the earlaps were ripped and heavily soiled, the paint was badly cracked and chipped in multiple places and the exposed leather was beginning to dry out. Time to… Continue

Added by Ben Fleagle on December 2, 2009 at 2:00am — 9 Comments

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