Archive for June2012

Happy Independence Day! And Here’s What Your Firefighters Are Doing Today…

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In light of recent actions by our elected officials and the trolls who support their draconian “cost saving” efforts, I wanted to present to you a little slide show of what your local firefighter might be up to over the holiday.

Leadership That Matters, Part 22: The Ballistics of Change

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The way in which you deal with the pain of change might involve the amount of pain, your tolerance to pain, and how much the pain affects those around you.

Leadership That Matters, Part 21

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In emergency services, too many problems are treated alike: we are in the business of responding to disasters. Usually, though, those disasters are not OUR disasters.

Unspeakable Tragedy

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I did not know him and his story I heard only in passing yesterday morning as I reported to work.

Leadership That Matters, Part 20

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In celebration of the 20th installment of this series, Firehouse Zen presents to you a little message from the Dalai Lama.

Taking Risks When There Is Nothing To Save

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Every day it is something else: Staffing cuts, furloughs, pension systems under attack. And now, if all that isn’t enough, the politicians would like to go after the benefits allocated for our loved ones if we die in the line of duty.

Leadership That Matters, Part 19

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Being a leader is very much like being a responsible parent, or rather, it is EXACTLY like being a responsible parent.

Back From A Short Italian Hiatus

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My wife and I got back Thursday from a whirlwind tour of Northern Italy which included stops in Milan, Florence, Venice, and Trieste.