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Your Altruism Is Hereby Noted

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I am constantly surprised at the discussions on “pay to spray”. By now, we should have done something about it or stop acting so surprised when it happens again.

Zen Zone #12

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There is a time when decisions must be made.

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.

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.

Honoring The Past While Embracing The Future

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If the motives behind a merger are based on a genuine concern for doing what is best for the community, a merger can be a whole lot less painful than many individuals make it out to be.

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Michael "Mick" Mayers

Deputy Fire Chief - Operations Division for Hilton Head Island (SC) Fire 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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Blinded by Sight November 7, 2014
And Yet It Moves October 27, 2014
Consider This October 18, 2014
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Andy Olesen
No Fun Here
I like the sentiment but I think the responsibility has to include everyone in the organization. The fire service has a paternalistic view of management and leadership. Ie one you have a bugle....... We adopted a military model of discipline and leadership from WW2. Our troops are not 19 year old boys that we have…
2014-11-23 13:58:00
Mick Mayers
And Yet It Moves
Thanks for sharing that perspective!
2014-11-07 10:56:00
Ruth
And Yet It Moves
Thank you. I'm not a firefighter, but have worked as a paramedic for a fire department for quite some time, and I'm married to a firefighter who likes to train. For years, while he studied fires and prepped training videos, I've been forced to watch YouTube video after YouTube video of fire scenes. Even before…
2014-10-29 02:59:00
Jason Sparks
And Yet It Moves
Very well stated sir!
2014-10-29 01:45:00
Mick Mayers
And Yet It Moves
Thanks for reading!
2014-10-28 21:23:00

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