In between discipline, training, planning, and WOW actual calls it occurs to me that we have some down time that we could responsibly fill with knowledge enhancement activities. Do you like that? A new acronym KEA. Yeah, what the heck does that mean? Let's call it reading.
It doesn't make a difference if it's printed matter, blogs (thank you dear reader), or internet news. It counts as reading. Watching fireman vs. policeman is NOT reading and hence not a KEA. Posting pithy retorts on your or someone else's FaceBook page is not KEA, although it sometimes requires reading between the lines. So what is it?
Let me share my monthly Fire and EMS reading with you.
Daily: Statter911, Firegeezer, Firehouse Zen, Raising Ladders.com, The Fire PIO, Three Mouse Clicks From Disaster, Pink, Warm, and Dry, Street Watch, Future Ditch Doctor, Happy Medic, No Ambition But One, The Boogie Man Is My Friend.
Weekly: Firehouse.com, Fire Engineering.com, Dr. Grumpy,
Monthly: Firehouse Magazine, Fire Engineering Magazine, The PA Fireman, EMS, Fire Rescue.
For fun: B-Shifter, Rescue Men, When the Bronx Burned, Alex Cross
OK, you get it. The list can sometimes become overwhelming. But there is literally something for everyone. Cruise the blogs, catch up on the news sites, and yeah, even read a book or magazine. In fact how many of us read a book more than once? Start a station library and bring in some of your lightly read books or magazines. I think you'd be surprised what others will pick up once they see someone else is doing it.
So your homework today: focus on KEA and let's avoid the KIA (killed In Action).