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The Argument for Credentialing – Moving On

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Now that we have discussed the four major players in the argument against credentialing, lets talk about the argument for it. A credential is only as good as the standard by which it is issued.  The point of having a credential should be to identify an individual or other resource as a certain type and […]

The Case for Credentialing – Opportunists and Profiteers

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  And then, there are the profiteers.  My intent with Firehouse Zen is not to use it as a place to vent, but as a place to enlighten.  Venting may be entertaining for some, but for the most part, productive it isn't. So let's talk about why opportunists would be against credentialing, which should probably be […]

Update to the Series – Spontaneous Bystanders Unite

I guess I had an idea ahead of its time, even if it was only 48 hours ahead.: There are indeed a few challenges with this kind of emergent response, problems that if resolved, would go a long way toward goodwill with the community in general (it seems like everyone’s got some kind of beef […]

The Case for Credentialing – Organizations That Need to Go Away

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Here’s one for you; a subject near and dear to my heart and the reason why we have standards.  As a matter of clearing up any legal challenges, I have to make an official statement here as a result of some of the positions I hold: My opinions and views as expressed here and throughout […]

The Case for Credentialing – The Spontaneous Bystander

First, we have the genuine thing, the spontaneous bystander, who sees a need for action, then does something about it.  Rescue911 commented on the story of the Good Samaritan and how a traveler, with no reason to do so other than to help his fellow man, went out of the way to assist another.  This lends a […]

The Past Will Continue To Haunt Us

I'm supposed to be working on my final Executive Fire Officer paper but in doing some literature review, I came across a voice from the past.  I happened upon a copy of "The Fire Chief's Handbook" from 1978.  Now to someone like me, 1978 doesn't sound like too long ago.  But putting it into perspective, […]

Growth

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If you aren't making mistakes, you aren't reaching far enough. Of course, when we are talking about something like making a decision on dinner, it's one thing, but when it is something where your career is on the line, it's a whole other ballgame. The problem is though, that sometimes we have to reach out […]

Firefighting as Asymetrical Warfare

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There used to be a day when warriors considered it less than chivalrous to take cover or to shoot from a prone position.  Most of us in this millennium probably would never consider it a good idea to stand up and march forward upright into a withering hail of bullets unless we were certain we […]

Let’s Take an Unemotional Look at the Problem

While I have been pursuing the discussion on The Kitchen Table only peripherally as I have been very busy lately, I noted an undertone of something that I guess has nagged at me for quite some time.  After thinking about it for a few days, I realized that the issues could actually be approached from […]

Putting Things In Perspective

As much as the media hype is annoying and excessive, my heart breaks for the parents of the first swine flu death in the United States, as well as for all of the other deaths that have occurred so far. As the parent of three young children, I can only imagine the pain that the […]

Multiplicity of Command

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How many more times does disaster have to strike before responders finally learn the lesson of the need for unified command?  How many times do agencies need to experience a tug-of-war over resources, slow response to needs due to poor inter-agency communication, and lousy coordination all because the "powers that be" refuse to put their […]

The Importance of Being Earnest

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For some reason today I was reflecting on two of the worst teachers I had when I was in school (back around the Ice Age) and just why they were such terrible teachers.  I suppose that other than their lousy personalities, it would have had to be their passive-aggressive nature when it came to the […]

Telling The Story

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There's all kinds of supporting documentation regarding the differences in simply sending a message and telling a story.  In doing the research for a paper I mentioned earlier on this blog, I found that some companies like 3M and Nordstrom used the art of telling a story to deliver their vision instead of simply outlining […]

It Can’t Happen Here

From yesterday’s Island Packet (my local newspaper, of all places), something poignant to discuss: If at any point in your career you convince yourself “it can’t happen here”, I’ll say to you “it’s just a matter of time”.    Two people were arrested on the Island for child abuse when they left their two year old […]

What Is “Better”?

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I was playing around with Twitter the other day and blundered onto a site that discusses social media, coincidentally named Social Media Insider, which of course, led me to a link (and to another) in regard to quality.  The title of the blog was actually "What Does Better Mean" and it was on a blog […]

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