Tag Archives: America

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 […]

Questioning Heroism

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For some reason, I was scanning news today and came back to Dave Statter’s February 2014 post about a college professor suggesting the firefighter’s role as a hero is largely mythical, among other issues.  While the article dates back to the beginning of 2014, I re-read it to see if I could gain any perspective […]

Compassion

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Compassion is an interesting phenomenon.  I read an article that ran in Scientific American in 2012 titled “How Wealth Reduces Compassion” and there were certain aspects of it that I found intriguing.  There wasn’t any conclusion as to why this was so, but in at least five different studies using different means of observing behavior, a […]

History Lesson: From Scott’s Campaign on Mexico City

The next time you are faced with adversity, instead of getting mad and becoming combative, ask yourself if there is another approach.

We Shall Never Forget

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In the eleven years that have passed since that day, what have we achieved?

Contradiction

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If I asked you to determine if someone was having an MI by looking at one lead of a cardiac monitor, could you do it?

Connectivity

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The credibility we gain from professionalism creates good will and that good will translates directly into public support.

Time To Clean Up

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We may be the most professional individuals in our departments, but tolerating unethical behavior is, as the Code of Ethics points out, tantamount to endorsing it as acceptable.

Dumpster Fire

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Dumpster Fire, defined by the Urban Dictionary: Slightly better than a train wreck. Something difficult that nobody wants to deal with.

Magnanimity

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It is the humility that some of our athletes express that endear them to us and make us proud they represent our nation.

Beating Up On Others

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Professionalism infers a level of competency, but it also includes a level of behavior that includes restraint and decorum.

Keep Your Adversary Close

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In warfare, if you underestimate your adversary, you are setting yourself up to fail. Likewise, in the arena of public opinion.

The Important Part To Consider

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After re-reading my rant, I see I didn’t do a very good job of either writing or editing or even telling the story.

Integrity

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Maybe I’m being overly sensitive, but I listened to the audio and I resent the implications Crummy and Murphy made in their poorly presented article.

Loyalty and Trust

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For any City Council to naively suggest that personnel reductions and other resource denials won’t adversely affect public safety just because they say so is ridiculous and in fact, dangerous.

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Michael "Mick" Mayers

Deputy Fire Chief - Operations Division for Hilton Head Island (SC) Fire Rescue and an Emergency Response Coordinator with the United States Department of Health and Human Services  National Disaster Medical System Incident Response Coordination Team.
Recent Posts
Jumping Through Hoops August 4, 2014
Questioning Heroism July 13, 2014
Compassion July 2, 2014
Making Lightning June 22, 2014
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Colin Fanning
The Roto-Ray: Beauty or Beast?
One of the most important facts we reviewed when deciding on the roto ray purchase was this; With the speeds of traffic on SC 278, by the time people heard the sirens on our fire trucks our light bars (on top of the roof) were out of sight. The roto ray, with its mounted location…
2014-07-25 15:07:00
Mick Mayers
Questioning Heroism
Thanks, Bryan! I genuinely believe I do and they tend to reward me with professionalism, innovation, and compassion to our citizens daily. That's something I am happy to facilitate.
2014-07-15 04:10:00
Bryan G. Riebe
Questioning Heroism
Chief, appreciated in your response to Geoff that you work for the FFs. Believe if more Chiefs lived that philosophy our fire services would be bastions of honor, ethics, and human potential.
2014-07-15 00:05:00
Christopher Roy
Questioning Heroism
Geoff, EMS, as its own service, does not have a strong voice and in turn, does not get the respect in the media/public that it does deserve. I do hope that changes. EMS doesn't have a home either, and that doesn't help. There are so many different delivery methods in this country that its probably…
2014-07-14 23:49:00
Mick Mayers
Questioning Heroism
I'm sorry you feel that way, Geoff. The department I work with has been doing EMS (advanced care AND transport) with cross-trained personnel for over twenty years and doing a pretty good job. Our community expects a certain level of service that we have been able to provide through that model and while not every…
2014-07-14 22:01:00

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