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The Weekly Weasel – Your Jealous Eyes

Remember Shakespeare’s Othello? Envy, people get killed, suicides occur, and the plot is exposed. Your basic Shakespearean tragedy, as it were. Sounds like work.

To My Facebook Friends

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While I created Firehouse Zen to educate others, my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Firefighter Nation accounts have become essentially my “research sources”.

Risk vs. Reward and Patient Advocacy

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How bad of a medic must you be that you can’t tell the difference between a potentially life-threatening injury and one that can be transported by ground to a hospital?

Keep It Short

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I’m trying to determine what my readers want (and don’t want) in the way of improving FHZ.

Bravery In The Line Of Fire

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Mark Glencourse’s recent decision to end the Medic 999 blog has certainly struck a sympathetic chord with many of us in the emergency services blogosphere.

Tolerance

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There is a great deal of controversy on the internet at any given time, but the postings between people we should be working with are getting to the point where they are troubling. Heated rhetoric, personal attacks, and just out and out anger are more commonplace now then ever.

Squirrel In The Middle of The Road

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Our job entails more than just responding to emergencies. It entails responding to community needs and assisting our neighbors. That assistance comes in many forms, but the agencies who get it will be survivors, and those who don’t, well, I think you can figure that out yourself. It’s not a matter of “if”, but “when”.

RESPECT

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I’m going to make this short and sweet: you will never be afforded the respect you think you deserve if you can’t clean up the mess you have made.

Mixing EMS and The Fire Service

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When I hear anyone suggest that the merger of fire and EMS is a mistake because “firefighters lack the skills to provide paramedic care”, I am highly insulted.

Get Everyone On Board

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If your small unit leaders aren’t on board with organizational vision, don’t count on the personnel they supervise joining in to resist them in carrying the desired vision out. It will be much easier on those troops if they can get along with their misdirected officer than if they embrace the change, so you can count on the message not getting through when it is most needed.

Focus on Success

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While God gives you talent, your mentor can teach you how to use it, but it is up to you to have the positive attitude to propel it forward. Focus on commitment and excellence by looking at what matters NOW.

Capitalize on Your Strengths

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When we put together teams, the act of doing so in order to develop effective teams requires some thought as to what is needed by the organization, but to fail to consider the small team dynamics and assume everything is going to go swimmingly, is simply nonsense.

The Fixers

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What is our mission in the fire service? How can we go on in our lives without a suitable title for what it is we do?

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