YOU matter more than you know!
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Because bad things still happen. Train hard on tactics, techniques, building construction, the science of fire behavior... but be prepared as you can for when it all goes south. As Chief Jim Crawford says, "No one is coming to save us, but us!"
Look at it this way, we have health insurance even though we try to eat healthy and stay fit, we…
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In the world of firehouse life there are a select few who have elevated the art of complaining to Mount Everest proportions. In fact, they are so skilled at whining and grumbling that they most certainly could win Gold if there was ever a Gripe Olympics! What's worse, it's remarkably easy to be pulled down into their pit of despair and backstabbing -…
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STAY FIRED UP, and stay humble!
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As an officer, I put a ton of pressure on myself to be wiser, smarter, and more experienced than I was yesterday - to lead by example. Unfortunately, all this studying, training, and preparing can take up much of your free time during the course of the day and it's all too easy to say "I'll workout tomorrow." When tomorrow comes, well, you do it again.…
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The popular HBO series, Game of Thrones, provides a fun parody on the vicious firehouse backstabbing and culture of relentlessly second guessing the decisions made by others. It all seems so easy, until you're sitting on the Throne of Command.
STAY FIRED UP, and look outside of your own perspective before criticizing…
Added by Paul Combs on May 23, 2019 at 7:38am — No Comments
My apologies to any of my readers who are not comic book geeks like me, and may not understand this cartoon's Avengers Infinity War/Endgame reference. But to those who are, you understand the magnitude of the "snap." In this case, using the bad leadership traits (stones) for ill-will or for your own twisted sense of reality.
It only takes one…
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Ten years! This month marks ten years of being published in…
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Are we losing sight of civility in the fire service - especially on social media forums? Is it already lost? Constructive debate and dialogue is taking a back seat to the discourse of demeaning comments and anger over any differing opinions or tactics. Ideology has replaced thoughtful discussion between people of contrasting backgrounds, response…
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April Fire Engineering magazine cartoon.
Way too much of this going on these days!
STAY FIRED UP, and be you, be original... or at the very least, give credit where credit is due!
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...because sometimes the only point is to be silly.
STAY FIRED UP, and from time to time, lighten up.
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STAY FIRED UP, and teach beyond the slide!
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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.
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STAY FIRED UP, and get in the gym!
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