The Brotherhood

TITLES!

TITLES What is in a title? A title defined by the dictionary is; a descriptive or distinctive appellation, especially one belonging to a person by right of rank, office, attainment. It’s something that can give a person power and authority or it can mean you have achieved the most elite status in a sport profession. In all instances the word ...

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Mentoring, for a better future…

Webster’s dictionary tells us that a mentor is, ‘an experienced and trusted adviser.’ Mindtools.com describes mentoring as, “ an essential leadership skill. In addition to managing and motivating people, it’s important that you help others learn, grow, and become more effective in their jobs.” So the questions are, do you have a mentor and are you being a mentor? Neither ...

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Motivation from The Bull

Hooligans, especially our younger or aspiring firefighters, lend me your ear for a moment as I share a little advice. Remember the movie Backdraft? Of course you do, we all do right? The movie gave us so many great lines that we can recite at the right moment when they fit our own situations. “You go, we go!”, “I was ...

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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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Want your kid to be a firefighter?

I was recently at a dinner party with several of my wife’s co-workers (veterinarian pharmaceuticals). Several of the guys (all veterinarians) were standing outside and reminiscing about their days in vet school and early days in veterinary practice. The conversation between them got around to, “Would you encourage your kids to become veterinarians?” It was interesting to hear them say ...

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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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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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