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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 […]

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 […]

Just Wanna Have Fun

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I started to title this, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”, but no matter what I did, that title wasn’t fitting really well.  Soooo, as you may be able to tell from the title, I just wanna talk a little bit about being serious and not being serious.  On any number of occasions, I (and a […]

To The Easily Offended

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In another post, I mentioned a great homily by Father Chris where he spoke about getting the message out (you know, THE Message).  I specifically discussed one of his points about how, when someone in today's society doesn't agree with you, the expectation is that they have a "right" to be offended.  How if you have decided […]

Someone Else’s Shoes

As a companion to the post from the other day on Constant Battle, there's something I also found to be very useful, that is, that understanding your "adversary" is almost as important as the facts of the issue itself.  I'm sure you have heard the adage about "walking a mile in someone else's shoes", but […]

Constant Battle

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I am never surprised by the willingness of firefighters to fight for what is right.  I have officers that work with me as well as friends throughout emergency services who seem like they are perpetually locked in battle with someone over something, and having been one of those people myself for a number of years, […]

Trust and Letting Go

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I was clearing up from a reported water rescue the other day (turned out to be a false call) and I was reviewing the thoughts that had run through my head on the way to the alarm.  Unfortunately, the 18 years I spent as the special operations officer still causes me to immediately think "special […]

It’s a Zen Thing

This isn't a very insightful post, but in light of the outstanding traffic we have been getting now with links on Dave Statter's STATter 911 blog, FireGeezer.com (at least they promised the link this week), FireRescue1.com's The Kitchen Table, and of course, the fine people (Dave) over at FirefighterNation.com who got me started in this endeavor, I […]

Experience vs. Learning

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We are coming to the end of a series of promotional exams for our personnel and I had someone say to me that a certain person deserved a promotion because they were the "most experienced" candidate. I'm of the belief that experience is only valuable if you actually learn from it.  Longevity isn't the same […]

Open Your Eyes In 2009

The fire service is as unified as it is finely divided. Until we can put aside our differences to realize that we DO have some common ground, and focus on solving those core issues, we will continue to fight these same battles.

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