Tag Archives: FHZ

Increasing Tempo and Decreasing Resources Equals Frustration

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Where t = tempo, r = resources and f = frustration: ↑t + ↓r = ↑↑f. When we reach the result ↑↑f, it has been often expressed with an expletive and a raised middle finger.

The Disincentive for Responsible Reporting (Tax and Spend Socialists)

When I decide to offend, I think I’m an equal opportunity offender, because like I stated, I’m not a proponent of either camp. I think for myself.

Subscription Emergency Services – Your Classic Tea Bag Scenario

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In one corner, the people who think that what the South Fulton Fire Department did was reprehensible. In the other, those who think that you need to “pay to spray”. In the classic Firehouse Zen outlook, let’s go to the root of the problem.

Constant Combat

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There are people I know who are in constant conflict.  We aren’t talking about warriors; we are talking about regular people who, from one day to the next, always seem to be involved in one event or another in which they feel like they must choose a side and fight.  Every day, every shift, they […]

Vest-Wearing Yard-Breathers

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If I may appeal to your rational side, if safe practices are really just sucking the life out of you, then try thinking about it from the perspective of your survivors.

How Far Outside Your Box? Frontiers Around You

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Anyone who demonstrates an obsession for the status quo and fails to think about the future with an open mind is only setting the table for their eventual obsolescence.

If You Really Believe

They had no idea what they were about to face, but they did so with the total conviction of our calling, that of a firefighter.

Customer Service: A Bad Concept?

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While we can quantitatively point out that having a customer service attitude benefits us in public support, there should be a much more altruistic reason for our embracing that belief.

Stuck In The Past

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When your organization is experiencing such dysfunction that it is obvious even to the newest recruit, then how clueless are you to insist that everything is coming up roses?

What Does It Take To Be A Firefighter Anyway?

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If the people we are recruiting can’t even solve the simplest of daily problems, what makes us think that at 0200 with the roof falling in on us that there will be sudden improvement in judgement and reasoning?

Balance and Equilibrium

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Unless I am compelled to do so for official business, or intend to engage in a learning session in which I can take away lessons from the event, I’d just as soon do the things I do and avoid hanging around to look at the carnage of someone else’s bad day.

Thanks to Firefighter Netcast

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Firefighter Netcast is an excellent resource; we all need to be able to talk with individuals interested in the professionalism and the legacy of our brotherhood.

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

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”.

FHZ Does “Sharing The Wealth” – First Due Blog Carnival

Until I met Chief Harry Diezel, who at the time was the Chief of the Virginia Beach Fire Department, I didn’t really have a vision of what my future in the fire service would be. He inspired me to be visionary and innovative, and to not be afraid of change.

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