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Who’s A Coward?

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One reason for becoming a firefighter is the thrill when the public sees us as important. The power of being a firefighter is a natural high. The reality is that every time we call attention to our deeds, we are calling out, “Look at me!”  When we celebrate that power, it creates a problem. There […]

For Any of You Who Complain About NFPA

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We were talking last night on the Weekly Firefighter Hangout about “words that we live by” in the fire service and I was a little surprised not to hear anyone bring up the usual complaints on NFPA and other consensus standards, which seem to get thrown into a big steaming pile together when someone wants to badmouth […]

Resistance To Logic

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You know you have a problem when what seems like a relatively innocuous change meets resistance, even in the face of a logical reason to change.  Take for example, a recent article on CNN.com that reported a teen, for his science project, estimated a savings to the federal budget simply by changing fonts on all […]

The Brand New Commodore 64

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I used the Commodore 64 as the title, to drag you in here because of its popularity.  The Tandy 8086 I used in my high school computer lab, however, is the one I am most familiar with. It boasted a rockin’ Intel 8086 processor blasting away at a whole 8 mHz and  preinstalled with a […]

Line Up For Your Beating

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If you haven’t noticed a problem in our society, perhaps the MMQ on the Boston LODDs will help you get there.  We have become reliant on the sound bite, a single picture, or a video to judge others. Instead of understanding, we rush to be the first to promote our own ego and to assume our expertise. When […]

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 […]

Set The Controls For The Heart of the Sun

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In my much younger and wilder days, and even today as a father of three, a wide range of music continues to influence my interest in the written word. While I never played guitar, before the advent of a lot of the electronic special effects, I prided myself in being able to discern the difference between […]

In The Name of Love

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Optimization

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You don’t just “get there”: As any parent who has driven with children can appreciate, our subordinates, peers, and bosses all want to know “are we there yet?”

Broken Resolutions

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There's that joke that if you are a member of a fitness club, you don't want to be there for the first two weeks of the New Year.  After that, those who resolved to go out and change their lives have pretty much given up.  People sign up with the best of intentions, only to […]

Feeding Our Scapegoats

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Everything you see or hear these days that involves a “mistake” requires someone to pay for it.

Hey, Watch This!

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The difference between a stunt man and Jackass is that stunt men are cool, calm professionals who study the art of doing dangerous things.

Liars and Thieves, Grasshoppers and Ants

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In fairy tales, the grasshopper paid dearly for his poor work ethic, while the ant survived on her strong work ethic. And I remind you, those are just fairy tales: fiction.

E-SIX: The Direction of Our Hangout

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Some of the best moments I have had on this job have been sitting around a table after conferences or meetings, having a beer, and rubbing elbows with people I personally admire.

Make It Fit

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Even if we are doing the things that we consider to be right, if we are saying the wrong things, we are creating the impression that it is okay to hate.

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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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