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We Are Still The Good Guys

Over the Christmas holiday, a drive-by gunman shot and wounded a Jacksonville, FL firefighter. With the recent law enforcement killings and given the hate that has been fueled in the past weeks, it doesn’t come as a surprise to me. All of the incidents in recent years toward firefighters are going to start becoming more commonplace […]

Someone I Would Have Liked To Have Known

Lately I have been considering the sad affairs of our world in regard to our tendency to create scapegoats for the things that go badly in our lives. I have thought a lot about diversity in any number of angles and again, it is tragic to me that today there are still those who lump […]

Line Up For Your Beating

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If you haven’t noticed a problem in our society, perhaps the MMQ on the Boston LODDs will help you get there. We have become reliant on the sound bite, a single picture, or a video to judge others. Instead of understanding, we rush to be the first to promote our own ego and to assume our expertise. […]

Talking About CRM

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The basics of crew resource management have day-to-day implications for the improvement of our work product as well as in maintaining a safe environment.

West, Texas

One of the things that makes Man an evolved species is the capacity for empathy.

Are We Off Limits?

If you want to have outrage, use it on the real people we have who make the brotherhood look bad through their lack of professionalism.

It Can’t Happen Here

Our prayers need, right now, to be with our brothers at Bryan (TX) Fire Department in their loss of two valiant men.

Taking Risks When There Is Nothing To Save

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.

The “Like” Button

An open apology.

Images

What we see today, might be gone tomorrow. What we can touch and hold right now may be a memory moments later.

Asheville NC Fire LODD

Condolences to the Asheville Fire Department and their family and friends after the untimely death of Capt. Jeffrey Bowen in the line of duty.

Saying Goodbye To A Friend

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If we really care about leaving a legacy, we should consider the culture we develop as a result of our leadership of others.

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.

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?

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