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If you aren’t preaching the Gospel daily, the audience doesn’t hear the message when everyone is shouting and it’s too loud to hear.

Article: Modern Approaches To Fire Suppression

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The results of technology can produce wonderful results, and conversely, be misapplied and create major disaster.

Power of a Foot

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The people who have worked with me for years know I want my door to be open, but it’s really just to give the impression that it’s open. It’s not.

Residential Fire Sprinkler Comparison

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If this doesn’t illustrate the live-saving capability of residential sprinklers, I don’t know what else to tell you. You can dry things off after they get wet. You can’t unburn your family or your home.

Credibility

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One of the biggest problems the fire service has is its credibility. I received multiple e-mails over the past few weeks about a confined space training near-miss that in reading the information, I found to be pretty troubling.

Successful Coaches Match Schemes to Personnel, Not Vice-Versa

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Through careful evaluation of skill sets, good coaches point their personnel toward positions in which they will have the greatest impact.

Be Proud, But Humble

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If you are going to implement change in your organizational culture, there should be a reluctance to be where you were and a desire to go where you are going.

Perception

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Emergency service delivery is a very specialized business in your unique community. There aren’t too many tenders wandering the streets of Manhattan, and conversely, there aren’t many six-man truck companies in rural Arkansas. Saying one method of delivery is better than the other is ridiculous; they don’t compare.

The Disincentive for Responsible Reporting (Tax and Spend Socialists)

When I decide to offend, I think I’m an equal opportunity offender, because like I stated, I’m not a proponent of either camp. I think for myself.

Constant Combat

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There are people I know who are in constant conflict.  We aren’t talking about warriors; we are talking about regular people who, from one day to the next, always seem to be involved in one event or another in which they feel like they must choose a side and fight.  Every day, every shift, they […]

Vest-Wearing Yard-Breathers

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If I may appeal to your rational side, if safe practices are really just sucking the life out of you, then try thinking about it from the perspective of your survivors.

How Far Outside Your Box? Frontiers Around You

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Anyone who demonstrates an obsession for the status quo and fails to think about the future with an open mind is only setting the table for their eventual obsolescence.

If You Really Believe

They had no idea what they were about to face, but they did so with the total conviction of our calling, that of a firefighter.

Living Up To Chief Croker’s Ideal

Anyone can put on the uniform. It’s living up to the traditions and expectations of our predecessors that makes us either valiant or heroic.

Customer Service: A Bad Concept?

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While we can quantitatively point out that having a customer service attitude benefits us in public support, there should be a much more altruistic reason for our embracing that belief.

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