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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The Only 3 Members In Your Department

There’s a little secret that nobody will tell you about organizations and their members. It’s true for just about any organization you’ve ever been a part of, whether it’s your day job, the firehouse, or boy scouts. It doesn’t matter. It’s almost like a universal law that somehow naturally permeates it’s way into every single…

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5 Ways to Create An Awesome Firehouse Culture

I’m going to write about something a little different today. Look at any publisher in the fire, ems or police service field and you’ll find mounds and mounds of articles about skills, tactics and techniques to accomplish our jobs. I get that to most people, that’s what sells. They love seeing the action and learning…

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What’s a firefighter worth to your organization?

There’s so many ways to measure the value of someone, beyond just the hourly wage or call stipend. And it’s one of the biggest things we overlook when we’re recruiting new people and trying to keep those that we’ve already invested in. Why you MUST know their value. We’re dealing with people, and yes people…

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Do You Really Love The Job?

It’s Valentine’s Day, a day I don’t celebrate, but much of America has fallen for. I don’t celebrate it partly because yesterday was my birthday, and I feel it detracts from how awesome a day that is, but more so because I think it’s a pointless day. If you really loved someone and cared about…

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Not Doing This One Thing Could Kill You

This isn’t an easy article to write. There’s a few reasons, being that people will misinterpret the point but more importantly, is that I’ve struggled with these same problems in my time in the fire service. Yes, I’m admitting a bit of failure to you today. Wanna know why? It’s simple. You can learn a…

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Top Secret Meetings

  Is your agency one of those places that everything seems to be “Top Secret”? Every time someone has a meeting, they have to go to a private room, close the door and make sure no one can hear them (even if you try and put a cup up against the door). Is there really…

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Do What Scares You

I have a little truth for you today. I was scared shitless to get started in the fire service. I had no idea what I was getting myself into and to be quite frank, growing up I always considered myself a shy and reserved person, which didn’t seem to mesh well with what firefighting was…

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The Truth About Leading In The Fire Service

               Would you like to know the honest truth about leaders in the fire service? When I was getting started as a Captain, I would have killed to know this one little secret. It would have saved me a lot of time and agony, constantly wondering if I was truly ready to be a leader.…

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What Have You Failed At Today?

              I’ve come to the reality that most people in life aren’t pushing as hard as they can. They think they are, because they are overwhelmed, stressed and can’t seem to find the time to do everything they want to. But are they really pushing themselves as hard as they can?                I know this…

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