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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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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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FDIC IS THE SAME OLD THING…AND I LOVE THE CHANGE

Every April firefighters from across the country make the pilgrimage to the city, known to all, as just “Indy”. FDIC is THE conference to attend for firefighter education and to buy…stuff. Personally, I have made the 3 hour trek north well over 20 times and learned a few facts along the way.   There will be a whole bunch of ...

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12 Ways to get Uncomfortable with your Training

  Our approach to firefighter training is skill-based for good reason.  But there is more to skills training than meets the eye. Unfortunately, we’ve seen many examples of what can happen when our approach to firefighter training becomes too narrow. This is when training complacency rears its ugly head. In our profession, being a creature of habit can unfortunately lead ...

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