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Ripples on the Pond of Life

As an "Old Guy" in this business, I often find myself marveling at all the great new ways we have now to communicate, like this blog, Face Book, and Twitter to name a few. It is so easy to stay in touch and even reconnect with long lost friends and relatives. So the other day one of those old friends texted to let me know a mutual former co-worker and friend was retiring after 25 years of service, to move on and start a…


Added by Michael D. Staats on May 6, 2016 at 5:59pm — 1 Comment

Are You "Fit" To Lead?

Today I had to go in to do my annual physical. You know the one where you get poked, prodded, wired up, and ran ragged on a treadmill. We all suffer through them and after 35 years you think it would be routine. But every year, at least for me, it is more of a challenge. But I am proud to say once again, I managed to remain in the ranks of the healthy and qualified fit for duty cadre. Now before you all applaud (or jeer), what I just went through is or should be, a normal annual event for…


Added by Michael D. Staats on November 20, 2015 at 5:04pm — 1 Comment

Remembering 9/11 and the Spirit of Who We All Are

The other day a close friend forwarded a picture to me. It is a picture looking across the Brooklyn Bridge at the Twin Towers, already burning from the terrorist attacks. Then you realize on the bridge is an FDNY Ladder truck, Ladder 118 to be exact, heading towards the mayhem and destruction that was 9/11. On board that truck were 6 of FDNY's bravest, doing what it is we…


Added by Michael D. Staats on September 10, 2015 at 1:41pm — 1 Comment

Are You Interested? Or Committed?

"There is a difference between interstest and commitment. When you're interested in something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results." - Ken Blanchard

As a young man I was very interested in girls. Then I decided to marry one and soon discovered I had better have a little more than just an "Interest". It took full on commitment: she did not accept excuses, and I was forever trying to get her the results she…


Added by Michael D. Staats on July 10, 2015 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Recognizing Leadership

The other day I got to do something I greatly enjoy about this job, recognizing our folks who stood out and made a real difference in our department at our annual Promotional and Awards Banquet. It was a great evening of fellowship with our firefighters and officers and their families, celebrating accomplishments and contributions made towards improving our department and serving the community we protect. Which got me to thinking of something Chief Frank Viscuso…


Added by Michael D. Staats on June 26, 2015 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Lip Service

We all have them. You know, that one person that continually complains about how bad things are. How management is screwing labor, how the Chief doesn't have a clue, how the organization isn't taking care of it's members. Lip Service. Yada yada yada.....You go to the galley to get a cup of coffee and there they are at the table talking about this bad decision, or that percieved slight. You are training and all they do is run their mouth about how this training doesn't apply to te real world,…


Added by Michael D. Staats on March 6, 2015 at 2:35pm — No Comments

What Happened to Ethical Behavior?

The other day I was reading the January issue of Fire Engineering and came across the Paul Combs cartoon about how a single firefighters bad behavior affects all of us in the fire service. (Fire Engineering, January 2015) I then thought of all the bad stories I had been reading lately about firefighters caught having sex in departmental vehicles and stations on duty, a former fire chief pleading guilty to grand larceny, a firefighter charged with sexual battery of a patient, another chief…


Added by Michael D. Staats on February 6, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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