Trust, or believing in others, is the foundation that builds a successful fire department, or any relationship for that matter. Without it, there’s little, or no, progress. With it, the organization moves to exciting levels and everyone enjoys their work. Without it, operations are unsafe and ineffective. With it, the organization thinks, prepares, and is ready to operate safely and effectively.

Recently Dalton Sherman, a young student from Dallas Texas, gave an inspiring speech at a teachers’ back to school conference. The theme was “Do you believe in me?” Watch the video, because this young man asks the same important questions that we need to ask:

Firefighters, do you believe in your leaders? Leaders, do you believe in your firefighters?

Firefighters, do you believe in you fellow firefighters? Leaders, do you believe in your fellow leaders?

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I think I speak for most on my department, volunteer or career, when I say we respect our leaders up to the battalion chief level.

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