Dear Tom, it is great to hear from you and I can not thank enough for the kind words of support. I know there are a lot of horror stories about promotion to chief officer level, but this is not one of them - I am loving my move and promotion. I work for a great group of men and women. The changes are coming fast and they are keeping up unlike anywhere. It sure has proven that no matter how old or how long I do this job, the learning just will never stop. Got to love it Tom. I hope all is well in Framingham! Please be safe with all this "beautiful" weather happening now. It is good for work though!! Rick
So sorry for the loss. There is never a good time for that. But at least. with CISM we have a chance as peer counselors and CISM teams we can help the traumatized cope, work through the first steps of grief, normalize their quite surreal feelings and hopefully, get them started on a quick recovery.
If there is ever anything I can do, please do not hesitate to ask. This is what I do...this site is my personal investment in the responders... My back no longer lets me drag a hose or use a pike pole but I can listen, encourage, repair and give comfort and help in emotional recovery, You can e mail me at ocaptd@yahoo,com anytime.
So glad you were there with good tools when they were needed., I am working with a firefighter elsewhere that is totally debilitated still after several years... because the same tools we not available. Blessings
Please allow me to invite you to a site designed by responders for responders... the crew that is doing it is CISM multilevel trained and are there for the guys after the bad calls. It helps the responders that do not yet have a team or would be worried that they asking for help would be seen as weakness. Please join and share it when you can. As a chaplain with over 25 years of service to fire departments I am excited with it's potential to provide support.
Thanks Tom. Hope you are doing well and hope that changes can be made in your FD be something happens to any of your guys. We will never quit fighting here until our FF's get what they deserve and that's new leadership that cares about safety. We have a Capt. (49 yrs old) dying of cancer and needs help. Please pass on to your guys to please go to our website at www.local61.com and help if they can. Stay safe brother.
Let Joe know I said "Hello" and keep me posted when you guys come out for the Memorial. This whole community board thing is new to me so I don't know how or if there is a way to pass on even more private contact info (phone #, email, etc.) to talk more shop. Take care and where is T1? Rt 9 or 126?
Good to see a Brother from Framingham here. I grew up in Sudbury and had a few pints here with some Framingham guys. Who is the guy that worked in Watertown and then transfered to Framingham? Take care.
Thank you for listening to the Podcasts, It seems like you have found them a useful tool as they were designed to be.If I can be of help you now know where to find me thanks again for the support Hope all is well stay safe mike
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