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Power of a Foot

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The people who have worked with me for years know I want my door to be open, but it’s really just to give the impression that it’s open. It’s not.

The Sword

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While leaders must have the ability to exercise statesmanship, these soft skills are sometimes not fully appreciated unless you can bring some smackdown to the table.

The New Year: The Object of Power

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The truly powerful are so because they have empowered others.

FHZ On The Road – Upcoming Classes through Task Force 1

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I’ve been really busy getting the home ready for the holidays. In the meanwhile, though, here’s an update on where and when I’ll be in your part of the world.

Residential Fire Sprinkler Comparison

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If this doesn’t illustrate the live-saving capability of residential sprinklers, I don’t know what else to tell you. You can dry things off after they get wet. You can’t unburn your family or your home.

Credibility

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One of the biggest problems the fire service has is its credibility. I received multiple e-mails over the past few weeks about a confined space training near-miss that in reading the information, I found to be pretty troubling.

Successful Coaches Match Schemes to Personnel, Not Vice-Versa

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Through careful evaluation of skill sets, good coaches point their personnel toward positions in which they will have the greatest impact.

Be Proud, But Humble

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If you are going to implement change in your organizational culture, there should be a reluctance to be where you were and a desire to go where you are going.

Perception

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Emergency service delivery is a very specialized business in your unique community. There aren’t too many tenders wandering the streets of Manhattan, and conversely, there aren’t many six-man truck companies in rural Arkansas. Saying one method of delivery is better than the other is ridiculous; they don’t compare.

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.

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