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Integrity And The Cultural Decline

Integrity and personal accountability are two individual level traits that challenge not only interpersonal relationships and the brotherhood but the overall trust in departments as a whole. 

These certainly are not new issues to us. Any time you have human beings involved in making choices of any kind there will be some who make decisions that offer no legitimate benefit to them selves, their relationships or the larger works of their organizations.

So why then is this…


Added by Brian Bastinelli on December 22, 2015 at 8:20am — No Comments

A Few Thoughts On Leadership…..

In the fire service in a similar way to the military we’re in a very long campaign. Obviously our enemies are vastly different but we still partake in many skirmishes and occasionally some all out battles.

Where our services are quite similar is in the need for effective leaders. 

Leaders who can step up and show us the way in an ever evolving environment both on and off our respective battlefields. 

Someone that people will look to and believe in and follow with…


Added by Brian Bastinelli on September 10, 2015 at 7:32am — 2 Comments

1/250th Of A Second

A photograph is a technological wonder, a moment in time captured, frozen and recorded so that it can be viewed again and again. A viewable memory.


To me this is one of society’s most amazing accomplishments. The advent of this capability has lead to countless advances in everything known to man.


For example, movies and video. The rapid capture of many photographs then played back in series to imply movement and action.


It’s incredible to think…


Added by Brian Bastinelli on March 19, 2015 at 2:25pm — No Comments

General McAuliffe And The Siege Of Bastogne

On December 18, 1944, US Army General and acting Division Commander of the 101st Airborne, Anthony Clement McAuliffe was faced with a decision placed upon him by opposing forces.

He and his troops were defending the town of Bastogne, Belgium surrounded by German forces during what would later be known as the Battle of the Bulge.

The Germans who surrounded this pivotal town wanted the General and his men to surrender and allow…


Added by Brian Bastinelli on March 10, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Beware Of The Snake Oil Salesman

Stories of the the snake oil salesman have throughout history conjured vivid images of nefarious characters who traveled from town to town peddling to anyone who would listen to a wide range of elixirs claiming to cure all that ails you.

These traveling salesmen would often use deception and planted audience members who would attest to their products value. This tactic often aided in creating a buying frenzy.



Added by Brian Bastinelli on April 24, 2014 at 4:26pm — 2 Comments

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