Tag Archives: Hilton Head Island

Evolution And You

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In an uncharacteristic Firehouse Zen moment, I’m going to share some not-so-heartwarming news with you: If you fail to evolve, you will die.

Dedication to Customer Service

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I hear about all-hazards response all the time, but do we draw the line at “hazards”, or do we raise the bar a little?

In Any Change, Timing Is Essential

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I know company and chief officers who have no sense of timing. Imagine their surprise when not only do they get it wrong, but they look bad in the process. It doesn’t matter how right you are, if the time and opportunity don’t meet, you will find yourself on the losing end.

The Roto-Ray: Beauty or Beast?

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I guess the Roto-Ray is the Philadelphia Flyers of warning devices: You either love them or you hate them.

Power Is Like A Flame

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Power is like a flame. If you hold it too tight, it can smother. If you hold it too tight it will also burn.

Your Fire Department Bucket List

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What organization would be on someone’s “bucket list”? What fire and emergency service rock stars would you like to invite to the station’s kitchen table?

The Weekly Weasel – Your Jealous Eyes

Remember Shakespeare’s Othello? Envy, people get killed, suicides occur, and the plot is exposed. Your basic Shakespearean tragedy, as it were. Sounds like work.

Attachment to Before

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Attachment is when you believe that things can or should remain one way forever. Things are in a constant state of change.

To My Facebook Friends

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While I created Firehouse Zen to educate others, my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Firefighter Nation accounts have become essentially my “research sources”.

Keep It Short

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I’m trying to determine what my readers want (and don’t want) in the way of improving FHZ.

Where Were You That Night?

It was inevitable that something bad would happen, given what we know now. All we can do now is honor the lives of those who go before us, pray for the families and help them deal with this tragedy, and hope we all learn from the events that evening.

Safety Message With A Parental Advisory

While I strive to maintain a “G” rating on FHZ, sometimes I just have to say it like I mean it, so if you happen to be easily offended, I’m just giving you a heads up.

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.

The Weekly Weasel – Installment 2

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People are individuals, but just the act of watching someone who is engaged, inspiring, transformational, and positive will translate to the subordinates because they can see that this is the expected norm. If coached and mentored correctly, personnel often manage to reach a high bar because they are interested in doing well unless there is a factor which causes them to do otherwise.

Protect Your Loved Ones

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Leadership goes to the heart of your legacy. While you may be doing the right thing by your people on a daily basis, there’s also the consideration that we need to prepare them for the event when we are no longer with them.

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