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A Little Safety Parable

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Firefighting isn’t Jackass: There is a serious difference between taking stupid risks and calculated risks.

Stuck In The Past

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When your organization is experiencing such dysfunction that it is obvious even to the newest recruit, then how clueless are you to insist that everything is coming up roses?

It’s The Minimum

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With the exception of knock-off Rolexes, almost everything must meet specific standards.

What Does It Take To Be A Firefighter Anyway?

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If the people we are recruiting can’t even solve the simplest of daily problems, what makes us think that at 0200 with the roof falling in on us that there will be sudden improvement in judgement and reasoning?

Evolution And You

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In an uncharacteristic Firehouse Zen moment, I’m going to share some not-so-heartwarming news with you: If you fail to evolve, you will die.

Dedication to Customer Service

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I hear about all-hazards response all the time, but do we draw the line at “hazards”, or do we raise the bar a little?

In Any Change, Timing Is Essential

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I know company and chief officers who have no sense of timing. Imagine their surprise when not only do they get it wrong, but they look bad in the process. It doesn’t matter how right you are, if the time and opportunity don’t meet, you will find yourself on the losing end.

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.

Attachment to Before

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Attachment is when you believe that things can or should remain one way forever. Things are in a constant state of change.

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”.

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.

Where Were You That Night?

It was inevitable that something bad would happen, given what we know now. All we can do now is honor the lives of those who go before us, pray for the families and help them deal with this tragedy, and hope we all learn from the events that evening.

Safety Message With A Parental Advisory

While I strive to maintain a “G” rating on FHZ, sometimes I just have to say it like I mean it, so if you happen to be easily offended, I’m just giving you a heads up.

FHZ Does “Sharing The Wealth” – First Due Blog Carnival

Until I met Chief Harry Diezel, who at the time was the Chief of the Virginia Beach Fire Department, I didn’t really have a vision of what my future in the fire service would be. He inspired me to be visionary and innovative, and to not be afraid of change.

Conflict

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Conflict is inevitable. Conflict will come regardless of how much you try to avoid it. Because it is inevitable, as a leader, you need to know how to deal with it.

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