Tag Archives: economy

What You Want vs. What You Need

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It isn’t what the chiefs are doing to the fire service, but what the economy, education, technology and the political will of the elected is doing to the fire service.

Taking Risks When There Is Nothing To Save

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Every day it is something else: Staffing cuts, furloughs, pension systems under attack. And now, if all that isn’t enough, the politicians would like to go after the benefits allocated for our loved ones if we die in the line of duty.

Not Lovin’ It

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Lest you think this blog has gone to the evaluation of restaurants, this is actually a discussion on customer service. So pay attention.

Zen Zone #12

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There is a time when decisions must be made.

Zen Zone #8

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If you are going to be the Chief, it helps to have thick skin.

Buddy or Boss?

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There are differences between the leader and the follower that transcend the ability to appreciate strategic vs. tactical decision making.

The Prankster As Leader – It Doesn’t Work

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Officers who engage in practical joking with their subordinates are only asking for reciprocation; the biggest downside is that reaction may come at the time you least want it to.

Grow Up

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Grow up. Fun doesn’t come unless you earn it. You can have fun all day long, but in the end, if you haven’t accomplished anything, you’re just one more clown among many.

You Can Quote Me On That (Before 2010)

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I was driving down the road the other day and thinking, you know, I too could have a list of quotes, just like the real writers have. So in the interest of filling up a page of useless knowledge, I did.

Scary Rhetoric and Hypocrisy

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People love to hate hypocrites. And in this day and age where so many people are looking for heroes, when we get it wrong, we get it wrong in a big way.

Complacency

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Complacency is a subject that seems to surface repeatedly in our business, a business that requires constant vigilance. It strikes all of us at one point or another. The cure, sadly enough, seems to be getting stung.

Welcome To Hilton Head Island

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The masses have converged on our department headquarters for the weekend.

But Wait! There’s More!

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If you aren’t preaching the Gospel daily, the audience doesn’t hear the message when everyone is shouting and it’s too loud to hear.

Hogs To The Trough

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If the public percieves that your service doesn’t have value, they will cut it back to where they feel it deserves to be funded, plain and simple.

Article: Modern Approaches To Fire Suppression

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The results of technology can produce wonderful results, and conversely, be misapplied and create major disaster.

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Michael "Mick" Mayers

Battalion Chief with Hilton Head Island (SC) Fire and 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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