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Consequences

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So, I’m assuming most of us in the emergency services world feel a little bit vindicated when we see a picture of a car, illegally parked in front of a fire hydrant, with a hose run through the smashed out windows. We have all seen a few either online, or in the news, or have even been on an […]

We Hate Shopping – Honoring Brian at 50

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This is the countdown to March 17, and a happy 50th to my brother, Brian, the best brother anyone could ever want in the whole world.  By the way, I am writing these for the most part back-to-back.  If you see me hoisting a Guinness or a Crown in his honor, yes, I’m aware these […]

The First of Many Hahns – Honoring My Brother at 50

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This is the countdown to March 17, and a happy 50th to my brother, Brian, the best brother anyone could ever want in the whole world. Hoisting one of many Guinness in your name, Brian Patrick. I mentioned the realistic experiences we had playing firefighter, but when I say that Brian and I were raised […]

Freak Occurrences of Cowardice

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You simply can’t plan for everything.  We do try to make our scenes safer, but conditions change, or situations are presented where we can’t even imagine how they came to be.  How many people considered that individuals would try to bring down the World Trade Center, not once, but twice, succeeding in the end and […]

None Of This Works Without Trust

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I got back from some opportunities I had taken and began to reflect on what I had learned.  Over a beer or two, I happened to have a conversation with a fire service leader about my blog and we were talking about different approaches and the like.  One of the things he said to me was […]

Blinded by Sight

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Recently I have undergone Lasik surgery to “enhance” my vision.  I’m very happy with the result, although there were some adjustments that had to be made.  Sight has always been an important sense to me.  As someone who trained as an graphic artist and photographer, as a writer, and in the things I enjoy doing, my […]

Leadership Derailment

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We see it in the lack of leadership exhibited in some departments and it is prevalent in the business world as well. In today’s marketplace, the difference between effective managers and those who become sidelined before hitting their peak has a lot to do with the way in which they motivate and inspire their followers.  Traditional […]

Heard This Story Before?

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In doing some research for a paper, I was reading about the difference between effective managers and those who become sidelined before hitting their peak.  While it might seem obvious that it has a lot to do with the way in which they motivate and inspire their followers, I still see traditional methods of “leading” […]

And You Call Yourself Professional…

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Watching a video today, I saw what was intended to illustrate that sometimes the people recording the video get a little too close.  The proximity of the videographer to the situation was MUCH too close.  As a photographer myself, I understand the shooter is more likely focusing on the picture and not on what is happening around them.   They had real […]

Introspection

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Poor leaders find ways to keep their followers in line. Many times these ways are targeted at oppressing their subordinates. Ironically, when one takes action to rid themselves of oppression, the actions are labeled as terroristic by those who happen to be doing the oppressing. Good leaders listen to the voice of their followers; they […]

New Beginnings

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Look for this site to go back into regular status once again. The last six months were pretty overwhelming. Couple this with some of my colleagues moving out of the network made things a little disconcerting, but all of it made me realize that I probably wasn’t doing any of us any favors in the […]

Lessons In Humiliation In Future For Fire Daily’s John Mitchell

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There’s a lot of hockey left, but I see the Flyers eventually settling things down. Then John Mitchell can serenade the entire World Wide Web with his own special version of “Philadelphia Freedom”.

(Insert Task Here) For Dummies

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I’ve been very busy working on my wife’s company’s website and unable to really spend any time blogging lately.  That’s probably a good thing as I really have wanted to learn a little more about creating sites from scratch (or close enough, using Dreamweaver) but found it to be much harder at first than I […]

Finally, No More Begging

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For the past year or so, our department has been building a training facility of our own.  We officially dedicated it on the 29th and christened some of the props with a little demonstration burn to wow the VIPs who came out to celebrate with us.  It's a nice facility and was designed with more […]

Why Yell?

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I'm Mick, and I yell.  I think this is the part where you all are supposed to say, "Hi Mick."  Why do we yell?  I started to say, "I'm a yeller", but that doesn't sound right.  And I don't scream.  Screaming to me indicates panic or total loss of personal control.  But anyone who knows […]

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