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Evolution is the Key to Existence

     First - We want to thank all of you who have stopped by to visit our new website. Whether you have hit every page or you jumped to read the blog or to listen to our podcasts, we are grateful that you took the time to stop by and see what Dalmatian Productions is all about.

     As the title of this post indicates, we all must evolve in some manner to maintain and hopefully, improve our…


Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on December 21, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

So ... it's been a long time since I wrote something. I moved to Görlitz in February and shortly thereafter went to the fire station.The comrades are very nice and it is really fun here.Unfortunately…

So ... it's been a long time since I wrote something.

 I moved to Görlitz in February and shortly thereafter went to the fire station.

The comrades are very nice and it is really fun here.

Unfortunately, it is a big difference to my old guard ... the training times are bad because I usually have to work at this time and in addition, the stakes are much less than I am used to.

Also the range of use is different ... in the past, traffic accidents were the most common and now it…


Added by Jan Fuchs on December 17, 2017 at 8:58am — No Comments

Volunteer vs. Paid Firefighters: The Battle Continues

Ask twenty different people and you will receive twenty different opinions on rather they feel volunteer firefighters or career firefighters are the better professional.  So who really is better trained, better equipped, and even better qualified to answer the public’s calls for assistance? In reality, if we could look past the differences, the fire service as a whole becomes stronger and provides a higher level of service to the public.  After all, isn’t that what our ultimate mission is?…


Added by Tom on December 7, 2017 at 9:10am — No Comments

What Do You Do After Planting a Seed?

Just over 1-1/2 years ago, I planted a "seed." What did I "plant?" It was my podcast, "5-Alarm Task Force." Although I was only able to serve in the fire service for eight, short years before an injury forced me to leave, I have never let the fire service leave me. Since 1985, I have tried to stay up-to-date with the growth and evolution in firefighting, leadership, funding, education, etc. One way or another, I kept pace.…


Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on December 5, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Use the Holidays Time to Boost Fire Education & Prevention

While most firefighters know that October is the "designated" month for fire prevention programs, now is a great time, as well.

We can educate our communities about the need for keep live trees moist and green, inspecting lighting strings carefully, not overloading electrical sockets, times, or extension cords and much more.

This is not a task just for those in your Fire Prevention Office, every firefighter can and should play a role in this effort, starting with your own…


Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on November 29, 2017 at 11:53am — No Comments

Ethical Leadership


            Leaders play a decisive role in the success of the organization activities. The contributions made by the top management in terms of ethical leadership play a key role in the achievement of annual and monthly goals of the companies. Apparently, the creation of an ethical culture within a corporation needs the involvement of the top management. The employment of specific employers or managers to ensure the creation of ethical culture within the…


Added by Megan Walles on November 21, 2017 at 5:59am — No Comments

Does a Health & Wellness Program really work?

If so how do you know? We already know the overall economic impact of work-related injuries and illness are high in the fire service and is ranked as one of the most hazardous occupation. Unfortunately many programs have not been around long enough to provide any evidence. Worse yet, some…


Added by John Hofman on November 9, 2017 at 9:58am — No Comments


It may be an unsolvable mystery.

NEW November Fire Rescue magazine editorial: Take Us To Your Leadership.


To see more Drawn By Fire, go to:…


Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on November 6, 2017 at 11:28am — No Comments

Listen to Our Podcast - Right Here on!

That's right - You'll now be able to access and listen to our podcast, "5-Alarm Task Force" from You'll be able to access the latest podcasts while keeping up with some of biggest news in the Fire Service or while chatting with friends.

Just follow directions where you'll see this code. And don't forget, if there's a topic you would like us to address on an upcoming show or if you would like to be a guest, drop us a line to…


Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on November 2, 2017 at 10:50am — No Comments


My very first encounter with Chief Alan Brunacini was not what I would have hoped for. I was attending my first FDIC and was sitting through a presentation on how to submit articles to become a Fire Engineering author. Being the introvert that I am, I naturally sat in the back row while taking notes. Chief Lasky had…


Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on October 30, 2017 at 10:57am — 1 Comment

Hello All

I'm back after a long absence, just had no real time as I was helping others and I even had an absence from the other group I blog on. Just retired from being a NY State Fire Instuctor. Have been doing some traveling and now going to start doing some Military hops. But hey you need to keep busy when you retire otherwise you will go crazy just sitting around. Hope all of you have been safe and doing some training and driving to and from safe.

I preach driving safe a lot. We just had a…


Added by Bob Allard on October 18, 2017 at 12:48pm — No Comments


NEW Fire/Rescue Magazine October editorial cartoon: Scary…


Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on October 17, 2017 at 6:49pm — No Comments

Redefining the Healthy Firefighter

The topic of health and wellness in the fire service has been growing over the years. This can be attributed to a number of factors: workers compensation, absenteeism,, injury reduction, and or improved fitness to decrease adverse health risks/events to help our firefighters.. All of these things are positives in…


Added by John Hofman on October 17, 2017 at 2:08pm — No Comments

The Fire Service Mentor

When I entered the fire service twenty years ago things were much different than they are today. We must ask ourselves, why are things different? We have to stop our backward slide or the fire service, as we know it, will die. When I began my fire service career, I had a lot of people that were willing to help me and… Continue

Added by Jason Fullmer on October 13, 2017 at 8:19pm — No Comments

Dichotomy of Attitudes, Behaviors, and Culture

The great dichotomy within today’s fire service is all about perceived culture. The improvement of our culture as a whole within the emergency services is relative to our specific paradigms. Much can be done as has been implemented already…


Added by John Dixon on October 13, 2017 at 12:06pm — No Comments

Coming Up on "5-Alarm Task Force!"

Coming up in the next few weeks on our podcast, "5-Alarm Task Force: News & Issues for Today's First Responders:"

1. We talk with Jeff Dill from the Firefighters Behavioral Health Alliance to discuss the difficulties some of our brothers and sisters go through on the job; some facing such troubling issues that they take their own lives.

2. We'll be at the Great Florida Fire School it Ft. Myers FL to catch mini-interviews and sound bytes from some of the top fire instructors in…


Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on October 12, 2017 at 2:25pm — No Comments


NEW FireRescue Magazine editorial: The Polarizing Predicament.
Way too much of this going on! It's something we are all guilty of from time to…

Added by Paul Combs - Fire Caroonist on September 12, 2017 at 10:34am — 1 Comment

How To Become The Best Version of YOU! Identifying Morals, Values, and Principles

There are plenty leaders standing alone on the proverbial organizational island. It has been said time and time again “the higher up the food chain we ascend, the lonelier we may become.” Why is this so? Perhaps we may have lost sight of how vital our values and principles transcend any leadership style. Let’s identify a few of…


Added by John Dixon on September 4, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Leadership Exemplified - How to BE the Example

Most of us in the fire and emergency services would agree that leadership matters and is vital to the successful outcomes of any organization. We could also agree that many so called leadership gurus and fire service personalities are out on the circuit pontificating their tricks of the trade. There is certainly no shortage of people instructing or…


Added by John Dixon on August 31, 2017 at 9:50am — 1 Comment

Sleep: The Silent killer part 2

In our last article we discussed sleep within the fire service and hopefully provided some insight into how the job itself will affect their overall quality of sleep, which will lead to a number of health issues (type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hormonal imbalances, etc…), In this article our goal is to discuss how the poor sleep will affect the brain as well as hormones, and provide some simple strategies that may help improve your well being.

What are hormones? Simply stated, they…


Added by John Hofman on August 27, 2017 at 6:28pm — No Comments

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