You Should Be Investing In Yourself

I was getting tired of it all. Working rotating shifts, not seeing my girlfriend and now being away from my son for long periods of time. It was 2011 and I realized that I need to make a massive shift in my life. I began working as a 911 dispatcher at the ripe old age…

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Are You Recruiting Slave Labor?

Early in 2010, archeologists in Egypt stumbled upon a series of 9 foot deep shafts that held dozens of skeletons. These skeletons were unique though, in fact, they proved we were all wrong. We have these great stories in our minds from elementary school about the Egyptians using slave labor to get these incredible pyramids…

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Becoming The Leader Of The Fire Service

Listen, before we really dig into what leadership is all about, or you’re going to skip reading this article because you think “well I’m not a leader yet, so who cares?” Stop. Stop and read this whole article, because it’s going to be extremely valuable to you going forward. Not everyone walks into life as…

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Why I’m Worried About Your Department

I’m concerned, about your department, and most departments around the country. There’s a very harsh reality that you’re probably facing already, but if you’re not, you may be shortly. It’s concerning because almost nobody is doing anything about it, and those that say they are, in reality aren’t. You see, there’s a lot of well-intentioned…

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Your Department Is Broken

We all know there’s a seemingly endless list of things to do at the firehouse, from fixing equipment, to updating SOP’s and managing people. But there is one thing above all else that needs to be done on a consistent and routine basis that most departments will do only a couple times a year if…

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Why We’re All So Addicted To The Lifestyle

There’s one of two things that will happen to you when you join a fire department and start responding to calls. You’re terrified. You think every little thing is going to kill you and you can’t handle it. We will bid you farewell and wish you the best. This lifestyle isn’t for you. You’re thrilled.…

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Could Marketing Save Your Fire Department?

If you’ve been watching anything we’re doing right now, you know we’re launching a program called the Total Recruitment Blueprint. That program is designed to help fire departments with their recruiting efforts. But how do we do that? We don’t take the usual approach that all of the government reports say you should do. No,…

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Is Your Dept As Lucky As The Irish?

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, we all know that means a lot of drinking, eating and searching for gold. I’ve been searching for years, but I haven’t been as lucky as that couple in northern California. Anyways, back to the point of today’s article. I wanted to talk about how so many departments seem to be…

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Lurkers to Responders

Last week I wrote about the three types of members in every department. Just to recount, we had the lurkers, the responders and the lifers. I’m sure you could immediately spot who fit into what category in your department. These categories fit into any fire or ems organization nationwide. Even the most highly regarded volunteer…

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National Budget Impacts to Fire Service

This is a summary of the proposed budget impacts to the fire service nationwide sent by the Connecticut Commission on Fire Prevention and Control White House FY15 Budget Proposal Recommends Cuts to Key Fire Service Programs On Tuesday, March 4th, the White House unveiled the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal. The $3.9 trillion budget,…

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