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Chief Reason at FDIC 2011

This year at FDIC, I was a lone wolf. I guess that made me more mobile and I didn’t have to worry about the schedules of others. I only had ME to worry about and my nights there were shortened considerably.

I buy two shirts when I get to the Indiana Convention Center.

I always go to the Indianapolis FD Emerald Society booth and purchase their shirt, because the money is going to a great cause. It is an awesome group that provides a valuable, time-honored service that is such a…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on March 31, 2011 at 11:31am — 2 Comments

Gustin Delivers One-Two Punch at FDIC 2011

Captain Bill Gustin of the Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue Department was a perfect complement to FDNY Captain Mike Dugan’s opening conference address.


Where Dugan was telling the young firefighters to turn introspective; to soul search for their reasons that they are firefighters (“Why Are We Here”)-Gustin was telling them what they could expect.


From budget cuts hurting both career and volunteer departments to the changing attitudes of the public, “doing more…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on March 27, 2011 at 8:29pm — 6 Comments

Dugan Goes Yard With FDIC Keynote Address

For the sports-challenged, my title means that FDNY Capt. Mike Dugan hit a home run with his keynote address.

I was fortunate; like so many of us who couldn’t be there today, to watch the live streaming video. A big shout out and thank you to the FDIC technical staff for making it possible.

FDIC has been described as the Mecca and the Super Bowl of fire conferences. It is Woodstock, Lollapalooza and Farm Aid all rolled into one. And for some, it is like Spring Break at Daytona…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on March 23, 2011 at 3:18pm — No Comments

FDTC: Fire Department TRUSTEE Conference

Blog Note: Don Rickles (young ones will need to Google) said: “We make fun of the ones we love”. So, feel the love!

For the record, I am a fire district trustee and I have struggled to find a diplomatic way to address my thoughts on this issue, so I am going to just jump in and use my usual recipe of humor, sarcasm and just a dash of cynicism.

There have been several discussions and blogs written on the “aging of the fire service”. Most of the conversations have centered…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on March 23, 2011 at 7:50am — 4 Comments

Rotate For Freshness

I don’t know if I have been lucky, in the right place at the right time, blessed or a combination of the three.

I started writing my thoughts down and sharing them over 10 years ago; not only on discussion boards, but in op-ed pieces.

It started at They were in the process of rolling out a “MembersZone” section and for a subscription, you could get additional content that wasn’t accessible as part of the free membership. I was a charter member of MembersZone and…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on March 20, 2011 at 4:37pm — No Comments

An Ailing Department’s Chief Complaint

UPDATE: Here is the link to the story of the Wednesday, March 2nd trustee meeting:

I can’t put my finger on it, but it seems as if I’m seeing more and more departments involved in some degree of discourse.

It’s running the gamut;…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on March 11, 2011 at 5:08pm — 4 Comments

Maple City Sorrow

Blog note: On March 6th, many of us paid tribute to the memory of Assistant Chief Dennis Olson of the Monmouth, Illinois Fire Department, who died in the line of duty on that day in 1993. This blog raises many questions, may raise many dormant feelings, but it is done with the utmost respect for family, friends, community, fire department and most of all, Assistant Chief Dennis Olson.

Monmouth, Illinois is known as the “Maple City” in west central Illinois.



Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on March 10, 2011 at 9:40am — No Comments

Cursing the Curse of Social Media

Blog Note: Another public sector employee has been fired for posting disparaging remarks about their employer. Is it a freedom of speech vs. employee conduct issue?

Read the article here:

Good or bad; the explosion of the use of social media for its velocity and reach comes with some…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on February 27, 2011 at 11:44am — 4 Comments

Ante Raised On Anti-Sentiment?

Edit Note: I wrote that "protesters are getting doctors' notes". It should have said "teachers". I apologize for the error.

In addition, the Taft-Hartley Act outlawed the closed shop in 1947, but allowed for union shops. The errors have been corrected.

February 23; this just in:…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on February 25, 2011 at 9:05am — 8 Comments

Public Safety. Private Funding.

With the mid-term elections behind us, we now need to look forward.

With a nation concerned about the economy and our growing deficit that was created by out-of-control spending, it should come as no surprise that spending cuts are a reality that we must face.

As a push to limit federal government begins to kick in, I believe that less federal money will be made available to local government and in particular; local fire service.

Local and state governments will be asked…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on February 17, 2011 at 9:16am — No Comments

Challenging the Winds of Change

I have been in the workforce full time since I was 19 years old and now, I am 58.

I have been fortunate for almost 40 years to change jobs at my own volition. That is to say that circumstance dictated that a change was wanted/needed and I made that decision.

The same held true with my fire department. It was always my decision to change it up, move up and finally, to move on. I didn’t feel any pressure to do so; in my mind, it was time to change my focus, so I went from fire…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on February 13, 2011 at 11:31am — No Comments

Getting to the Same Place

Blogger Alert: Joe; thanks for resurrecting this: You have inspired more thoughts.

Where it comes to the strategies that are employed at an incident scene that gets everyone back to quarters safely, are we coming from different corners?

Does this place somewhere in the…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on February 7, 2011 at 11:13am — No Comments

Collapse of a Different Sort

I want to know how something works.

I want to know when something doesn’t work and why it doesn’t work.

It doesn’t matter to me if it’s a product or process. I want to know what makes it go and how to fix it when it doesn’t.

Please try to control your excitement as I tell you this…

The report on the causes of the financial crisis, as prepared by the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) is out. Their website is…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on January 30, 2011 at 8:05pm — 1 Comment

Out of Air®

My good friend, Shawn Longerich, Executive Director for the Cyanide Poisoning Treatment Coalition (CPTC) at sent me the video “Out of Air”; currently in Beta testing.

The video is just under an hour long and it is, as Captain Mike Gagliano of the Seattle Fire Department and a board member at CPTC pronounces; an homage to those firefighters who have succumbed to the effects of smoke inhalation.

“Out of Air” opens with a…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on January 22, 2011 at 7:52pm — 5 Comments

The Mission Position

There should be no question as to the core mission of any fire department and that should be to help people in their time of need-any people; regardless of their circumstances that includes socio-economic.

Our passion for the job and the compassion for our fellow humans demands that we put everything else ahead of ourselves/our well-being, if need be.

But once again, the bloggers are busy churning up sentiment, punctuated by their eloquent and often emotional perceptions of the…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on January 19, 2011 at 11:04am — 1 Comment

Doin’ the Monkey Fling!

Have you ever been to the zoo and watched the monkeys fling their own poop at each other?

Yeah; some of you already know where this is headed.…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on January 12, 2011 at 1:22pm — 5 Comments

Racing to an Early Death is a Drag

Note: The opinions stated in this article are based upon the information contained in the relevant links at the end of this article.

Who is Jeffery Wilkes Bassett?

Author? Actor? Jet-setter? Innocent victim?…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on January 6, 2011 at 6:33pm — 2 Comments

Debate in the Virtual Fire House

Over the years, fire service websites have marketed their sites with the idea that they are bringing the fire station to the firefighters; that they are creating a virtual place where firefighters from all over the world can bring their firehouse

kitchen to your firehouse kitchen; a fantastic concept.

Why do I mention the kitchen? Well;…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on January 2, 2011 at 11:39am — 2 Comments

In Search of Bigfoot

Apparently, it has become our mission as grandparents to provide our grandson with the Christmas season’s hottest toy.

Many of you will remember the great Zhu-Zhu shortage of…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on December 29, 2010 at 2:06pm — 9 Comments

Christmas and the Empty Chair

Dedicated with utmost respect to Chicago FD, Firefighters Edward Stringer and Corey Ankum, their families and friends.

It’s Christmas Day and there is an empty chair.

It might be a favorite chair in the family room. It might be the chair at one end of…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on December 25, 2010 at 11:18am — No Comments

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