Christopher Baker's Blog (9)

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

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

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

Leading Throughout Probation and Beyond in the Fire Service: Part 6

The stage is set. In the audience are family members, friends and mentors patiently watching you on stage for your pinning ceremony. …

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Added by Christopher Baker on August 2, 2017 at 8:00am — 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

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

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

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