“True Grit”

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What kind of firemen and women should we be? Take a look from the past. Those who know the past, know their history are then aware of their lineage. They have a good foundation that is there to fall back on. “As you walk through the engine bay through the old house, you come across reminders of these men. Old leather helmets and fronts, brass nozzles and iron axes, perhaps a parade item or two and you see things that they took great pride in and cherished as emblems of their chosen profession.”

The Finer Things – Leading Today’s Firemen, One Rung at a Time

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Its cold out here. Sub zero temperatures are not uncommon and in the mid-winter months, definitely the norm. So doing any kind of training at this time of year can be difficult. There are moments when pain and cold are predominant factors in the fireman’s life here in the North. On days when the mercury is below […]

Leadership Begins With Following

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Its not easy to lead firemen on the scene or in the firehouse. It is also not easy to be good at followership when you are confronted with poor leadership. You can make a difference in this age old struggle by putting your own self interest aside for another time. Remember, the love of the job.

Chicago Fire: Disaster at the Sing Way

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Several years ago, I didn’t know anyone in the Chicago Fire Department. Now, I would call at least one a good friend. The world has been changed and along with it, so has the American Fire Service. If a brother wants to be a part of the nation of firemen, he or she can be so easily..

The Whip Tips the Hat to the Man

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Giving your people the authority to make decisions and to act in the moment when action must rule the day takes a lot of trust and confidence. Sometimes you are going out on a limb, but if you don’t give them that opportunity, if you don’t believe in your people, how will they ever master their profession?

Remembering The Parting Glass

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I gathered the shift together to tell them we would soon hear a single tone out over the house radio to mark his passing. I didn’t even get finished telling them before it began to sound a long, long, mournful tone. He was gone.

Leather Forever

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             Originally written on the plane, headed NorthWest out of Orlando.     This morning as I plodded through the aftermath of 9/11 in the Orlando Airport TSA line, the leather helmet in my arms attracted the attention of the woman behind me.  “Oh, you’re a fireman.”, she said.  And she […]

9/11 – Remembering the 343 And A Promise Made

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” The fireman I was before 9/11 is not the fireman that I am now. That changed in an instant. Before both towers had gone to ground, I had become a different fireman. For myself and thousands of other firemen, we had not only a career changing moment, but a life-changing moment. All things that had been before were somehow less intense, our current time, began when the towers went down.”

Hurt

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The “Job” is dangerous. If we ignore these dangers, we will get hurt. If we acknowledge them readily and take steps to avoid the potential dangers, we run the risk of not adequately doing our job. Firemen will always have to face these things until fires cease to be a problem for society.

A Brother is Priceless!

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“The brothers I’m speaking of are the ones who view the fire service not as a good paying gig, but as a life of service, a craft, an art. The kind of brother who is slightly offended when referred to as a “firefigher” instead of just “fireman”. He won’t correct you, but he’ll feel it jus the same.”

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