Archive for March2009

What Kind of Person Are We After Anyway?

With all of the discussion about arsonist firefighters, some of the most extensive coverage has been done by Dave Statter over at the STAT911 blog.  I have been following the information with a great deal of concern because I, like many of you, take my profession very seriously, and when I read stories about the […]

Someone Else’s Shoes

As a companion to the post from the other day on Constant Battle, there's something I also found to be very useful, that is, that understanding your "adversary" is almost as important as the facts of the issue itself.  I'm sure you have heard the adage about "walking a mile in someone else's shoes", but […]

Constant Battle

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I am never surprised by the willingness of firefighters to fight for what is right.  I have officers that work with me as well as friends throughout emergency services who seem like they are perpetually locked in battle with someone over something, and having been one of those people myself for a number of years, […]

Persistence

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Jacob Riis said, "When nothing seems to help, I go and watch a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without so much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow, it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it […]

Life Changes In A Split Second

The other day I think we all were thinking about the death of the child struck by a Kansas City engine as reported by Firehouse.com.  As you have probably heard thousands of times before, it doesn’t take too many incidents like this one to remind you that we have a huge responsibility while driving our […]

Fugate Nominated to Head FEMA

I’m always happy to see a fellow firefighter and paramedic do well for themselves, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that Florida Emergency Management Chief Craig Fugate was nominated to head up FEMA.  I don’t know him personally, but I think that among the preparedness aspects that he has championed for his state that […]