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I believe firefighters can be placed into 3 categories in terms of engagement and leadership.  Generally speaking: 

  • 25% believe in (or pretend to believe in) current leadership staff…

Added by Mark vonAppen on December 23, 2013 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Latch Key Kids

If you're from a generation raised on your own, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.  …


Added by Mark vonAppen on November 5, 2013 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Sick Days

By Mark vonAppen

In days overflowing with uncertainty, soaring numbers of line of duty deaths, budget…


Added by Mark vonAppen on October 15, 2013 at 10:53pm — No Comments

Gold Stars

By: Mark vonAppen

Come with me to the land of make-believe.  Once upon a time, I thought I was a pretty good firefighter.  I could pull pre-connected hose line, tie a few knots, and strap my SCBA to my body in well under one…


Added by Mark vonAppen on September 16, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

A Letter From The Rookie

By Mark vonAppen

This letter came to me from a firefighter in a major metroplolitan department here in the USA.  If this rookie had a voice, this is what he would say.


Added by Mark vonAppen on September 4, 2013 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Around Here

We had a great auto extrication drill the other night and we did it all by ourselves. Nobody asked permission, we simply called a tow company and had a few cars delivered. As we passed the hat around the table to help defer some of the $200 out-of-pocket cost to the firefighter who set up the drill I…


Added by Mark vonAppen on August 28, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Flow Path

By Mark vonAppen

All of my life I have been known as a bit of a trouble maker.  I have pushed limits and challenged authority.  In the process, I have trampled a path that few have chosen to follow.  Sometimes it's a lonely…


Added by Mark vonAppen on August 26, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

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