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The Well-Rounded Firefighter

Today during some rare downtime at work, I was privileged to receive a phone call from a man that I greatly look up to named Chief Jack Murphy. If you are in the fire service and do not recognize his name, I guarantee that he has impacted your career in some manner, whether you are aware of it or not, from the tireless work he has done advocating on our behalf for safety within the building codes.

Our conversation ranged from the recent Grenfell Tower fire in London, combustible…

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Added by James Johnson on July 22, 2017 at 3:25pm — No Comments

True Aggressiveness Comes from Knowledge

It seems like nearly every time I open my social media accounts I stumble across an argument or negative comments between those who claim to be aggressive firefighters, and those who claim to subscribe to the science side of the fire service. I don’t know if it is due to ego, bravado, or just plain ignorance, but somehow many of us have missed the point that both of these things have to go hand-in-hand. Aggressiveness without knowledge is just recklessness, and knowledge without proper…

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Added by James Johnson on February 7, 2017 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Training: The Buck Stops with You

How did we get to a place as firefighters where we have the expectation that all training has to be presented on a silver platter and spoon fed to us? I know this is not the case everywhere, but far too frequently I seem to encounter a mindset that all training or knowledge needs to come from the training department in an official capacity. There is so much valuable information available to us through the internet, social media, and through printed publications such as Fire…

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Added by James Johnson on January 24, 2017 at 10:36pm — No Comments

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