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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Places I Have Been

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So I was going to bed and I just wanted to look over the stats for Firehouse Zen.  You know, you all aren’t a really talkative bunch, so I do look over the numbers from time to time to see if I am reaching anyone (and maybe by looking at which pages are more popular, […]

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 […]

What Kind of Person Are We After Anyway?

With all of the discussion about arsonist firefighters, some of the most extensive coverage has been done by Dave Statter over at the STAT911 blog.  I have been following the information with a great deal of concern because I, like many of you, take my profession very seriously, and when I read stories about the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

If You Can’t Be Careful, You’d Better Be Tough

It’s this simple; the setting is controlled, you have a plan for how things should work, and if things might go wrong, you should have alternative plans and safety measures in place. So how is it that we have so many training accidents in this day and age?

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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