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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 […]

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, […]

Fugate Nominated to Head FEMA

I’m always happy to see a fellow firefighter and paramedic do well for themselves, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that Florida Emergency Management Chief Craig Fugate was nominated to head up FEMA.  I don’t know him personally, but I think that among the preparedness aspects that he has championed for his state that […]

Missed Opportunities

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As a follow-up to my post from the other day about "striking while the iron is hot" in regard to educating others, I wanted to discuss a little bit about opportunity. Ancticipating  that at some point, an opportunity will occur to implement your vision or educate others, good leaders plan for that moment, and await […]

Customer Education

Every time I hear someone use the term "fireproof", it makes me think of something my dad (a retired Fire Marshal) used to say: "Nothing is fireproof; a cinderblock at the bottom of the ocean will burn if you can get it to the right temperature." When you hear people refer to SCBA as our […]

Planning for US&R Teams

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I was sharing some information with a colleague tonight and I realized that perhaps some of you reading might like access to this research as well.  This is my paper on Developing a Strategic Plan for the South Carolina Urban Search and Rescue Program. It is a pretty lengthy read (115 pages) but if you […]

Learning From Your Performance – Conshohocken

Like a Warren Buffett quote used recently to in relation to the economic crisis says, “When the tide goes out, you see who’s been swimming naked”. Is your department shining the light of truth on its failures as well as the successes?

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.

Lots of Work Ahead in 2009

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One of my biggest concerns in 2008 has been the dwindling funds available for urban search and rescue programs around the nation. When things cut loose out there, these are the resources that everyone wants, but given the state of funding for these programs and the state of the economy, they may also be the […]

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