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Trustees; Train Hard or Go Home!

You heard me!

Don’t expect accommodations or special considerations.

You’re a grunt just like the rest of us. Time to pay your dues.

You can’t be on top of your game if you don’t train.

You can’t extend your reach or maximize your effectiveness, unless you are willing to put your blood and sweat into it.

You don’t have the first idea of what I’m talking about, do you?

You were never a firefighter, were…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on April 8, 2012 at 7:16pm — 2 Comments

Firefighters in Dresses Hailed as Heroes?

By now, you have undoubtedly seen the video.


According to, the two Sedan, MN volunteer firefighters occasionally wear dresses to raise funds for their volunteer fire department.


”The group of volunteers were waiting in line in preparation for Padua’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday when a fire erupted in a truck and the firefighters went to…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on March 21, 2012 at 7:37pm — 1 Comment

Rescuing the Lady

Oh, where to begin.


As if things weren’t already bad enough in Illinois, I read today where my state is the third most corrupt state in the nation. Chicago has the distinction of being named as the number one most corrupt city in the nation.


For many of us who have lived in Illinois our entire lives, this doesn’t exactly come as a revelation, but it is very frustrating after spending so much time in politics with the idea that we were going to change…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on March 5, 2012 at 6:29pm — 2 Comments

Take a Bow, Bowring™!


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on February 28, 2012 at 7:49pm — 2 Comments

The Love of the…Stress?

You can go to the many fire service-related outlets or social media sites every day and read comments left by firefighters as to why they love being firefighters.

The first book that I read on this subject was Dennis Smith’s “Firefighters”. It was a series of interviews that described in the firefighters’ own words on why they loved what they did. It was released in 1988 in hardcover.

More recently (2008), Rick Lasky released his “Pride and Ownership: A Firefighter’s Love for…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on February 5, 2012 at 9:16am — No Comments

Blogging Then and Now

Every now and then, I have to remind myself that I have been blogging for a long time.

My first article went up at during the early days of the MembersZone feature. Back then, you could sign up for free, but if you paid, you could get content that wasn’t available with the free membership. That first article was posted in the “Volunteer’s Corner”.

From there, I went to the IACOJ website, where I posted several blogs in the “ChiefReason” section.

The Board…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on January 30, 2012 at 7:36pm — 1 Comment

What Are Your Plans For 2012?

2012 is just around the corner.


If you haven't already made plans for the new year, then you'd better start now.


I am speaking to volunteer fire departments.


Have you made plans to recruit, and then retain new members?


There are people in your communities who are sitting on the fence. They want to get involved in their community in some way. Do you know who they are and have you reached out to them?


The days of…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on December 28, 2011 at 4:37pm — No Comments

It Was 12 Years Ago Today

On December 22, 1999, we lost three (3) Keokuk, IA firefighters (


I received the news on the fire in Keokuk, IA that claimed the lives of Assistant Chief Dave McNally, Firefighter Nathan Tuck and Firefighter Jason Bitting as they attempted the rescue of three, small children, who also perished in the fire.


The headline in the Thursday,…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on December 22, 2011 at 7:10pm — 1 Comment

Christmas and the Six Year Old

My wife and I were at the mall finishing up our Christmas shopping and taking in the sights of the holiday season.

There were grade schoolers singing Christmas songs or I assumed that they were. I couldn’t hear them over the Christmas music blaring over the mall’s speakers.

There were dancing sugar plum fairies. Check that; it was mall cops chasing another shoplifter.

Everyone was in the Christmas spirit. Some could be heard complaining about how crowded it was. Others…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on December 20, 2011 at 6:09pm — 1 Comment

Extreme Makeover; Moline Illinois Edition


My other blog on the situation in Moline IL entitled “City Fires; Chief Retires” can be found here. Pertinent links to local news coverage can also be found under the Comments section.

After watching the Moline budget talks being covered on local TV, in the local papers and listening on local talk radio, I am convinced that fire departments will NEVER win another battle against manpower cuts, as…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on December 17, 2011 at 8:48am — 3 Comments

Anatomy of a Firefighter

They are questions that are often asked by both those wishing to be a firefighter and by those trying to understand why someone would be a firefighter: what does it take and why do you do it?

I will often reach back into my past and resurrect some of the mental tools that I used during my time as a firefighter. It is a characteristic that is so ingrained into your being that it is yours’ to be used for the rest of your life. You will react to decision-making in a much different…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on December 4, 2011 at 4:03pm — 1 Comment

ChiefReason for Dummies

Over the years, I have had others try to tell me how to blog and what to blog. 

What they fail to understand is that just like anyone who writes, you develop a style that becomes distinctive and that differentiates you from others who engage in that type of writing, because let's face it; blogging is writing.

With that said, it has also been suggested to me on occasion that I shouldn't blog about politics at a fire service website, because it isn't about fire service…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on November 26, 2011 at 7:42pm — 3 Comments

I Punted; Super Committee Fumbles!

I punted for our high school football team.

Punting was a very strategic part of our offense.

Back then; you know, in the "leather helmet" days, there were no fair catches. You either took the chance of catching the ball or letting it hit the ground and bounce until it was downed by the punting team.

My punts might average 35-40 yards-not very long-but they were extremely high.

The coach at the time taught me a soccer-style of punting that allowed me to kick very…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on November 21, 2011 at 7:33pm — 4 Comments

Ohio; Community Organizing-Platinum Edition

I find it hard to believe that no one in the fire blogosphere picked up this post-election story and especially since Ohio Governor John Kasich’s very political existence may have hinged upon its defeat.

But, $30 million union dollars later, “Issue 2”; otherwise known as SB 5 was repealed by the voters of Ohio and Governor Kasich was left wondering “why”.

From my perspective, it was the classic political cage match.

The union brought its street fighting style and the…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on November 13, 2011 at 10:12am — 1 Comment

Private Sacrifice

In honor of and with deep appreciation, this goes out to our veterans.


The envelope measured four inches wide by six inches long. It has held up rather well. It almost has a waxy feel to it. I am sure that it was white at one time, but is now a dark beige color.


In the top, left corner scribbled in pencil is: “after 5 days return to Pvt.…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on November 7, 2011 at 8:48pm — 4 Comments

Lit Fires; Light Sentences

Want to kill off an evening or two in front of your computer?

Google “firefighter arson”.

Then, kick back and prepare to get angry!

From the lame and pathetic excuses offered up by the accused to the light sentences handed down to the guilty; it’s enough to get this old boy’s blood boiling.

Over the years, I have written a few blogs about this fire service issue and one thing remains true…

It is still a big problem…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on November 1, 2011 at 7:28am — 1 Comment

ChiefReason’s 2011 Halloween Spooktickle

Author’s Note: The kid in me comes out twice a year; Christmas and Halloween. I hope that I have managed to entertain you with this tale. Please enjoy the loose ends and see how many obscure references you can find as you read on.


It’s the morning of Halloween in Mockingbird Heights.


Mockingbird Heights is a sleepy little hollow that is nestled in between Haddonfield and Savoy. It has been said often that you can…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on October 30, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

City Fires; Chief “Retires”

The Moline, Illinois city council, on the advice of the city administrator, plans to cut 12 firefighter/paramedic positions and privatize EMS in the city.

Immediately after the decision was made, Chief Ron Miller announced his resignation/retirement. See associated links:…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on October 24, 2011 at 8:30pm — 7 Comments

May I Demonstrate?

I have stood by and watched this “Occupy Something/Anything” movement move from a crawl to almost motionless and all the while, telling myself to keep quiet.


But I cannot any longer…


Those of us who grew up in the 60s/70s have an appreciation for the protests and demonstrations that rolled through the better part of two decades. It was in those days that I spent my time as a radical. I did not consider myself a liberal, though in the strict definition,…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on October 20, 2011 at 5:58pm — 5 Comments

Kansas City Was a Ghost Town

I arrived in Kansas City on a late Tuesday afternoon and would not leave until Friday morning.

While in Kansas City on company business, I would rise early in the morning and would return to my hotel room in the late evening and would grab a cigar, go outside and call my wife. I would return to my room, turn on the TV for the day’s news, grab a bottled water from the fridge and I would sit down and read the Kansas City Star and the USA Today.

Then, I would check my emails, put…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on October 10, 2011 at 8:15pm — 3 Comments

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