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Camden Firefighters Storytelling.  Keep them in your thoughts through their ruff patch.

Like many of our fellow brothers and sisters I have a passion, actually obsession, with our beloved fire service.  From the time I first sat it an engine as a cub scout, I have fallen deeply in love with firefighting.  In recent years I have observed an unfortunate change in the fire service that I wrote about entitled A Disheartening Trend.  I feel that the art and importance of story telling around the kitchen table is slowly getting lost and needs to be revived.  That is why I am working on a concept leadership course that stresses the importance in telling those stories.  Stories can help a department keep its time honored traditions, use the experience of  others to save lives, and most importantly, create strong leaders to carry our fire service into the future.

I know this concept is not new or ground breaking, but it is something that is not being taught, at least in my area.  I would like to know your thoughts and any suggestions on where I can get information to develop this course.  If you would, please take a few minutes to answer a few questions.  You can e-mail your response to

1.  What is your favorite fire service story?

2.  How do you think storytelling can educate and mentor our future leaders?

3.  What other areas within the fire service can storytelling be beneficial?

4.  Do you have any information that would help in the development of this course?

I am trying to pool as many of the great fire service storytellers as possible, so please feel free to pass this along.

Thank you and keep up the great work!

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