That is in the metaphorical sense. A hand was extended and I "grabbed" it. Thank you so much, Bobby Halton.
I have not been active on the fire ground for 8 years, but I remain active in our fire department as president of its board of trustees.
Before some of you get the wrong idea, I want you to know that NOTHING comes before the safety and well-being of our firefighters.
I am true blue collar firefighter who has enjoyed the highs and suffered the lows of this great profession.
My background is in the volunteer service, but I have had the distinct honor of working with and learning from some of the best fire service instructors from all over this great nation; Rick Lasky, John Mittendorf, Eddie Enright, Bob Hoff to name a few and I have also been to many conferences of some of the best and brightest in the business.
I don't share that with you to gain immediate/instant credibility. I let me blogging do that.
What I invite you all to do is to "google" ChiefReason and see what you get.
I blog for on four other sites, but my goal is to make my home and cut back a little at the others.
I enjoy discussion. I have been doing so since the early days of the dot coms. I believe in nothing but respectful debate and will not engage in type of childish name-calling or personal attacks.
I have been called the Voice of Reason, which is also the name of my podcast show on Blog Talk Radio.
I also have plans to submit commentaries here for my dear friend and editor-in-chief.
I can't thank Bobby and Peter enough for helping to launch what I hope will be stimulating and thought provoking pieces about the issues of the day.
To those of you who have followed my musing for the past 9 years, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me.
To those of you who are about to meet me; let me say that it is my honor and privilege to walk among you, share my thoughts and advocate on your behalf as one of the finest and bravest members of this nation's great fire service.
The pleasure is all mine.
Art "ChiefReason" Goodrich