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The Finer Things; Leading the Next Generation

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They’re a good crew. But they won’t always be yours. At their next assignment or department, will your department’s reputation be known for creating steadfast micro-managers or for making future leaders? Where are you in developing the next generation? Time will tell.

Colonels’ On Point

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Often when I think about my attitudes about a given subject and the core beliefs I have, I go back to my young life in the Marines. It was there that the foundation was laid that makes me the fireman that I am today. Here’s a few thoughts about the finest officer I ever knew.

“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.”

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.

“..to be a fireman”

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Tonight I received a forwarded post from another brother.  Headline read, “..firefighters sacked for response to fatal fire”.  The headline is, if anything, misleading.  It creates the impression, for those who are passionate about the fire service, that the cause of the said “sacking” is unjust and that perhaps the need for scapegoats.  Upon reading […]

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