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 […]


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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?


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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?


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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.


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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.


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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.

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Recent Posts
Excused Absence September 6, 2015
This Is A Hate Speech June 27, 2015
Consequences May 30, 2015
Adversity May 15, 2015
Bronwen K. Williams
The Annapolis Mansion Fire, Investigating, and of course, The Haters
I agree with the first two people to comment, but I also agree with Barbara Lander Burger. Asking questions and speculating about the, or any, incident does not make anyone a "hater" in my opinion. I'm wondering why, in a house of 16,000 sq.ft., some or all residents could not move to the other end…
2015-08-06 01:00:00
Jessica Lyell Russell
Reaching Out – Talking About Suicide to Prevent It
A year and a half ago, suicide made me a very young widow and left three baby girls without the daddy they loved terribly. This my friend, was beautifully stated, thank you!
2015-03-31 13:43:00
Michael "Mick" Mayers
Reaching Out – Talking About Suicide to Prevent It
Thanks! I will add that!
2015-03-30 00:23:03
Reaching Out – Talking About Suicide to Prevent It
Mick, well said and I would add the Firefighters Behavioral Alliance run by Jeff Dill who has done extensive work in the area with firefighters and Rosecrance Florian program and Dan DeGryse of CFD who can also provide assistance and help.
2015-03-29 14:12:00
Michael "Mick" Mayers
Limited Career Choices – My Brother’s 50th
Happy belated birthday to you!
2015-03-22 12:03:04

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