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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…

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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…

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

THE POLARIZATION PREDICAMENT

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…
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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…

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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…

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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…

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

Leading Throughout the Probationary and Beyond in the Fire Service: Part 5

Last week we discussed two very important character traits; those traits were maintaining a strong work ethic and taking the proper initiative.  This week we are going to cover two more equally important…

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Added by Christopher Baker on July 24, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Leading Throughout Probation and Beyond in the Fire Service: Part 4

There are two character traits that will help you stand out from the rest throughout the probationary period; those traits are maintaining a…

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Added by Christopher Baker on July 18, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

Maintaining the Work and Life Balance in the Fire Service

In my fire service career, I have worked various different shift schedules.  When I first started as a volunteer, I signed up for 24-hour shifts on a Kelly Schedule as a paid…

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Added by Christopher Baker on August 20, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

How is your sleep? Probably not to good....

 

How is your sleep? This is a common question that often comes when discussing a firefighters health and wellness. Over the years it has become clear to me that the real enemy is not heart disease, fire, or the traumatic exposures but rather the poor sleep quality. It is not uncommon to hear from a firefighter “Coach I have changed my eating habits and started to exercise but I can’t lose weight” and in reality if they do have poor sleep they are climbing an uphill battle. So…

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Added by John Hofman on August 19, 2017 at 1:34pm — No Comments

"5-Alarm Task Force" Podcast's Special Guest

Yesterday, I had the honor and privilege of interviewing Chief (ret) Bobby Halton. If you're a member of My Firefighter Nation, a reader of Fire Engineering, Fire-Rescue Magazine and others; dammit, if you're a firefighter today you have to know who Bobby Halton is. One of the best, well-respected, and well-learned teacher and mentor to the fire-rescue services.

Normally, our podcasts are about an hour long. Luckily and thankfully, my talk with Chief…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on August 15, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

Become a Volunteer and Serve In Your Community

When I first started my career in the fire service, I started as a volunteer and this original experience taught me the importance of volunteerism.  One of my most rewarding volunteer experiences is when I…

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Added by Christopher Baker on August 14, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Leading Throughout Probation and Beyond in the Fire Service: Part 3

This is a profession where you have to make the commitment of becoming a life long learner.  The fire academy is over and now you have found yourself in the Jumpseat.  Congratulations, you have arrived; however, the…

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Added by Christopher Baker on July 11, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

Leading Throughout Probation and Beyond in the Fire Service: Part 2

You have survived the first week as a probationary firefighter in the best career in the world.  You might need to pinch yourself because you…

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Added by Christopher Baker on July 2, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

Starting Our Second Season!

Right now, I'm in the studio editing our inaugural episode of Season 2 of "5-Alarm Task Force: News & Issues for Today's First Reponders. This episode features my good friend and a business partner, Tom Mitten, a long-time PIO from Elsmere DE. Tom discussed the duties and challenges of the Public Information Officer's position. What if you're in a smaller combo or volunteer department. Do you need a PIO? How would you go about finding one? Tom fills you in on those questions,…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on August 10, 2017 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Leading Throughout Probation and Beyond in the Fire Service: Part 1

From our first day in the fire service, we have the opportunity to be a leader and lead throughout probation and well beyond, until long after our retirement.  This article is not the…

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Added by Christopher Baker on June 26, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Why I Became a Public Servant

I will never forget the day, I signed up to be a volunteer firefighter for my community. In 2005, I can recall watching the devastation on TV from the natural disaster Hurricane Katrina and Rita in the…

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Added by Christopher Baker on August 8, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Back to Work on the Second Season of "5-Alarm Task Force!"

We returned home this week and got straight to work on Season Two of "5-Alarm Task Force."

We've racked up some great guests for this season, including Chief Bobby Halton, Capt. John Dixon, Captain Andy Starnes, Capt (ret) Dennis Tucker and many more.

Don't forget you can find us on Twitter at either @Dalmatprod or @Cause_Origin. If you're new to Twitter and following us, our second ID, @Cause_Origin was originally created to help generate interest and support in a new project…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on August 4, 2017 at 10:35am — No Comments

Joe Pronesti: A Main Street Success Story

Winchester, Kentucky fire shows just how well training can pay off in a small department

Around 10 PM last Thursday June 1st, the Winchester Kentucky fire department which operates out of three fire stations and protects roughly 28,000 citizens responded to a fire on their Main Street, and as with many other fires that occur around the country this website posted raw video from the event.

FirefighterNation:…

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Added by FFN WebTeam on June 6, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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