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Shiners, Whiners and Recliners

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     I have heard a lot of analogies over my career about the fire service like “You can peal one fire department name off the wall and replace it with another one and it would be the same” and “it is the same circus but with different clowns”. The more I hear this type of […]

Four Competencies of Leadership

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Being a leader does not mean you have to be the Chief Brunacini in your fire department. In fact trying to be some type of leader you are not can get you into deep trouble. It is important to develop your own styles and type. In the 1980’s Dr. Warren Bennis of the University of […]

Leadership Suicide; “Failure to Focus on the Future”

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Leadership Suicide; “Failure to Focus on the Future” I hear this phrase from fire officers across the United States, “You just can’t find good people today. They just aren’t like we were at their age.” So what does this mean? Some may say that the future isn’t too bright looking at the current generation. Others […]

What Defines you?

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It’s not the uniform, rank or helmet color that defines a person; it’s what you do that defines who you are. We must have the fortitude and courage to be both safety conscious and measured in the performance of our sworn duties while maintaining the appropriate balance of risk and bravery. The demands and requirements […]

Accountability: Errors & Omissions

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This past week on the burgeoning internet call-in radio show Firefighter Netcast.com, HERE, a dynamic discussion developed related to the DeKalb County fatal house fire incident and the apparent questionable  actions purported by the company and command officers and the repercussions that have lead to FD employment terminations and resignations, HERE. I discussed recently how […]

Leadership and Management

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Both leadership and management are important and have their place. it is important not to confuse the two as they are different. Leadership is the skill and an attitude that enables one to get others to accomplish the objectives or goals that have been established. Management is the ability or skill of controlling resources, activities […]

True Passion

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   Good to Great…How many times have you heard that buzz phrase in the last three years. Maybe you never even gave it much thought till now. So let’s take this opportunity to dissect the concept. Good… If you would ask most any company officer or firefighter if they were a good company they would […]

The Many Roles of the Company Officer

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There is more to being a Company officer than managing emergencies. In fact most companies spend less than 10% of their time handling emergencies. When the company is in the fire station the officer is managing routine activities and managing a portion of the organization. At this level, company officers manage people, equipment and time. […]

Your Capabilities and Future Success

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As an aspiring, new or seasoned company officer, increasing your awareness and understanding of Coach John Wooden’s concepts is a must read and the integration of these concepts, principles, values and philosophy into your work practice and way of life may provide a path for success in your organization.

Vacant or Unoccupied: Tactical Risk and Safety

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We seem to do a lot of things at times out of common practice and repetition, you know; “We’ve always done it that way….” syndrome. There’s a resonating theme that is making its way around the fire service dealing with going to a defensive tactical posture at vacant or unoccupied structure fires. This command posture […]

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