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Sep 23
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It’s Time to Redefine What it Means to Be Strong AXEMEN: Finding Blue Skies

If the ingredients necessary for a firefighter to maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit were listed on the side of a box full of answers, the words “maintain balance” would be underscored and printed in bold letters. The recipe would likely include a trusted employee assistance program (EAP), mentors, confidants, training, a relevant book list, and lots of prayer. Regardless of the rations, by some measure, the heart of a successful outcome would have to include a personal definition of how…See More
Sep 22
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Jul 3
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Keep Talking - I’m Analyzing You

So, what exactly does a firefighter look like? How should they act? What skills should they be able to master? How big and strong should they be? Are firefighters supposed to be more mechanically inclined or fluid with their words? Should they be creative or analytical? Is it essential that they be self-aware or is it more important that they are interpersonal? Are they nimble minded and quick to reply, or do they process information more slowly before providing a response? Slid in a lower…See More
Jul 3
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Jun 26
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The Sign Says “Rerack Your Weights”

Not every post has to be deep; some just require common sense.While working out at the local gym a few weeks ago, I noticed a young woman walking around wiping down equipment, stripping weights, and putting away dumbbells that were left scattered around from the night before. She obviously works the early shift and went about…See More
Jun 26
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Cats in the Cradle

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.In 1974, Harry Chapin released a song entitled Cats in The Cradle; it was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. I was only 13 years old, and probably more interested in the Eagles and Chicago than a ballad singer, but I remember the lyrics had an impact on me then, as they still do today. The story centers on a father too busy with his daily grind to spend time with his doting son; still, like most boys…See More
Jun 19
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Maybe Average Really Can Be Awsome

Movies celebrating great teams that have overcome adversity to become hugely successful are awesome. Leadership books that summarize their most prominent themes at the end of each chapter are awesome. Guest speakers that tell a story of how they rose from the ashes to become masters of their craft…are awesome. Fire departments that are rich with resources, staff, equipment, and are quick to share their innovative training tools and techniques – you guessed it – they are super awesome!My…See More
Jun 6
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May 24
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May 24
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The Art of Accountability: Sometimes You Just Have to Cut Off the Head of a Concubine

One of the more difficult challenges a firehouse leader is faced with, is dealing with an employee that has seemingly replaced their passion, motivation, and commitment to serve, with an equal commitment to be a royal pain in the buttocks. You know who I’m referring to: it is the person that, as a recruit, once sat across an oral board panel with a suit, tie, and twinkle in their eye, promising to embrace “the mission.” They were the candidate that once practiced for hours to parrot the perfect…See More
May 24
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May 16
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May 16
Scott Ferguson posted a blog post

What hill would you be willing to die on?

Apparently, its origin is debated, but the implication of "a hill that one is willing to die on" is a goal, principle, or cause that one believes so deeply in that they are willing to make a great sacrifice on its behalf. It’s a warning that the struggle you’re facing could cost you everything—maybe not literally your life, but your job, or a friendship, or something else you can’t get back.Decisions on whether to fight could be very practical and easy to explain, or they may be very personal,…See More
May 15
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Profile Information

Lives in:
Murrieta
Department:
Murrieta Fire & Rescue
Title/rank:
Fire Chief
Years of public service:
35
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Accreditation
Career Development
Response/Deployment Alternatives
Professional Qualifications:
35 years in the fire service
10 years as a Fire Chief (three departments)
BS Liberal Studies, emphasis on business
MA Management Psychology
EFO, CFO, Harvard Senior Executive Alumni
Topics you provide training for:
Leadership
Personnel management
Strategic planning
Mental health
Areas of expertise:
Operations
Training
Leadership
Personnel management
Strategic planning
Bio:
As part of three generations of firefighters, Chief Scott Ferguson has been a member of the fire service for 35 years; and, has been a Fire chief of just over 10 years, with stops in in Manhattan Beach and Santa Monica, before landing in Murrieta, California 2015.

Chief Ferguson earned his Fire Science Diploma from Bates Vocational Technical Institute in Tacoma, Washington and his AAS in Business Administration from Clark Community College. He also received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Studies from Eastern Oregon University and his Master’s Degree in Management Psychology from Wayland Baptist University in 2005. He has completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy, is an accredited Chief Fire Officer (CFO), and completed the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program in 2012.

Chief Ferguson is a past president of the Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs Association and the Riverside County Fire Chief’s Associations. Chief Ferguson s active in his community, has sat on a number of boards and commissions, and is a frequent trainer and guest speaker.

Scott Ferguson's Blog

It’s Time to Redefine What it Means to Be Strong AXEMEN: Finding Blue Skies

If the ingredients necessary for a firefighter to maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit were listed on the side of a box full of answers, the words “maintain balance” would be underscored and printed in bold letters. The recipe would likely include a trusted employee assistance program (EAP), mentors, confidants, training, a relevant book list, and lots of prayer. Regardless of the rations, by some measure, the heart of a successful outcome would have to…

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Posted on September 22, 2018 at 9:30am

Keep Talking - I’m Analyzing You

So, what exactly does a firefighter look like? How should they act? What skills should they be able to master? How big and strong should they be? Are firefighters supposed to be more mechanically inclined or fluid with their words? Should they be creative or analytical? Is it essential that they be self-aware or is it more important that they are interpersonal? Are they nimble minded and quick to reply, or do they process information more slowly before providing a response?



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Posted on July 3, 2018 at 10:22pm

The Sign Says “Rerack Your Weights”

Not every post has to be deep; some just require common sense.

While working out at the local gym a few weeks ago, I noticed a young woman walking around wiping down equipment, stripping weights, and putting away…

Continue

Posted on June 26, 2018 at 10:30am

Cats in the Cradle

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

In 1974, Harry Chapin released a song entitled Cats in The Cradle; it was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. I was only 13 years old, and probably more interested in the Eagles and Chicago than a ballad singer, but I remember the lyrics had an impact on me then, as they still do today. The story centers…

Continue

Posted on June 19, 2018 at 12:30pm

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