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    Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic: Prioritizing Leadership

    Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic: Prioritizing Leadership
    There is a virus infesting some fire departments in our Nation. It is not a computer virus but a leadership virus and one which threatens the future of many of these fine organizations. Think of our fire departments as ships moving through the treacherous seas of change. Change that is often imposed from the outside but also change that is driven ...
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    In Search of the Real Fire Department

    In Search of the Real Fire Department
    How often have you heard the term, "real fire department"? It seems to be a common phrase, usually indicating that someone is unhappy with something about the fire department they work or volunteer for. You know the comments I am talking about, "I wish we were a real fire department, "My cousin works for a real fire department", "when I get ...
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    Are They Fixing or Bitching? Are You Leading or Retreating?

    Are They Fixing or Bitching? Are You Leading or Retreating?
    There is little doubt that in one of your firehouses right now, some members are engaged in a "solving the World's issues" discussion. The nature of firefighters is that we are fixers. Think about it. A woman calls 911. "My house is on fire! My baby's not breathing!! I smell gas! I'm locked out of my car." We respond and fix ...
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    Saving Our Own Starts With Attitude

    Saving Our Own Starts With Attitude
    At a recent fire I overheard the incident commander tell the mutual aid rapid intervention team, “Thanks for coming; my guys would have killed me if I assigned them as RIT.” Take a minute and think about that. If you are assigned as RIT at a fire, is that your attitude? If it is, stop reading, you’re wasting your time. If ...
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    Who Did You Light Today?

    Who Did You Light Today?
    I am a big fan of quotes. It amazes me to see how eloquent many people have been over the centuries; how a few words can really say so much. One of my favorites is “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”These words are credited to several sources but most commonly to Father James Keller, a Catholic priest who wrote ...
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    Not Everyone Goes Home

    Not Everyone Goes Home
    On my website a while back, a brother posted a simple statement- everyone goes home. I thought about it for a bit. I reflected on the 343 firefighters that didn’t go home on 9-11. I thought about the more than 600 (and climbing) who have been killed since then. I wondered, why don’t we all go home safely? We should ...
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    The GPS to Real

    The GPS to Real
    Years ago I wrote an angry memo that eventually made it into a fire commentary in one of the fire journals. It was titled, “In Search of the Real Fire Department and you can read it on Firelink or here. "http://www.fireduptraining.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=85":http://www.fireduptraining.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=85 Over the years it’s turned into a full day class that we do on leadership and making a difference and ...
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