Author Archives: aneff

NO EXCEPTIONS LEADERSHIP: The Leadership Handbook

NO EXCEPTIONS LEADERSHIP: The Leadership Handbook This leadership book really isn’t like anything else I have read. I have often referred to it as my “book shelf mentor.” What I like about it is that when I have been stuck on a problem or situation I can open the book, thumb through some of the pages and read a couple ...

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Be Dynamic-Flow Path

How does fire travel? Path of least resistance! Why? Because it does have the ability to think! How do firefighters move when we are focused on tasks at hand? Path of least resistance or in whatever way is easiest. Firefighters continue to experience… – Knee Pain – Low Back Discomfort – Shoulder Injuries …as a result of moving in unsafe ...

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Making Fire Service Decisions (What is the rule and what is right are not always the same)

Throughout my fire service career, I’ve had numerous occasions in which to make a decision. Early in my career these decisions would have often been muddied by politics, different chief’s doing different things, or my officer’s mood on that particular day. There are many young firefighters in today’s service who, despite a strong desire, work under leadership who is either ...

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Where have all the firefighters gone?

Firefighters could be defined as men and women who respond to fires to save people and property. Firefighters are people who put themselves in harms way to serve the public. Firefighters are people who are called when the public is in peril and need immediate intervention to save their lives. Seriously, I wonder if there are any left among us? ...

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You have to have a college degree to get hired!

Higher education is a hot topic in the fire service. This topic spawns some very heated discussions when it comes to hiring processes and promotions. The talk often centers on hiring a firefighter who has a degree over a firefighter who just meets the basic requirements, due to the extra points awarded for having the degree. What about formal education ...

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VOLUNTEERS! The very best and worst of the American Fire Service

When I think about who is most capable of embodying the best qualities of the fire service the group that comes to mind, without hesitation, is volunteers. If you are one who is able to balance a job, calls, training, and family with the high risk and zero monetary reward of volunteering then you have truly got something. But what ...

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Firefighter or t-shirt collector?

Are you “doin’ it?” Nobody gives a shit that you’re tired, hungry, in a bad mood, just had a fight with your significant other or any other number of excuses. We are here to perform a job that requires our full effort regardless of any other bullshit. Can you imagine the swing of opinion in regards to firefighters that would ...

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