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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.

Fixing The Unfixable

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Despite being positive and embracing enlightened discussion, there are occasions where no matter what you do, no matter how well-intentioned you are, you can be overwhelmed by the short-sighted.

Increasing Tempo and Decreasing Resources Equals Frustration

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Where t = tempo, r = resources and f = frustration: ↑t + ↓r = ↑↑f. When we reach the result ↑↑f, it has been often expressed with an expletive and a raised middle finger.

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.

Subscription Emergency Services – Your Classic Tea Bag Scenario

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In one corner, the people who think that what the South Fulton Fire Department did was reprehensible. In the other, those who think that you need to “pay to spray”. In the classic Firehouse Zen outlook, let’s go to the root of the problem.

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.

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.

How Hot Does A Barrel Fire Have To Get For Proper Helmet Crustiness?

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I have found, for example, in the individual with a dozen patches on his or her coat, an inverse relationship between the “advertising” and how much I trust their “experience” on the scene.

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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