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…Continue
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…Continue
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NEW Fire/Rescue Magazine October editorial cartoon: Scary…Continue
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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…Continue
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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 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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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…Continue
Added by John Dixon on September 4, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by John Hofman on August 27, 2017 at 6:28pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Christopher Baker on July 24, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments
There are two character traits that will help you stand out from the rest throughout the probationary period; those traits are maintaining a…Continue
Added by Christopher Baker on July 18, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Christopher Baker on August 20, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by John Hofman on August 19, 2017 at 1:34pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by Christopher Baker on August 14, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by Christopher Baker on July 2, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments
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,…Continue
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