What's burning you? Who/what is making you mad? How is it being handled? I teach Conflict Resolution and Employee Counseling each year for our Officer Development program and was hoping to hear…Continue
While I tend to agree with your assessment of an 18 or 19 year old individual being fit to serve as Chief, the reality is that in this day and age, with a real lack of willing volunteers, a 19 y/o Chief may be their only option. I…"
This is a place where we can sit down, put our feet up and chill. Where the Boys and Girls can just be themselves. The Back Room or what most firefighters call a ''day room or rec room'' is the social point of every firehouse.See More
From my perspective, it does appear that the volunteer world has a level of politics that far exceeds what I have to deal with. I imagine it stems from being a more social group.
I was reading one of the other blogs that asked if it…"
"It sounds like I missed the mark. Maybe I was generalizing too much, but with 16 personality types most of us work with similiar type people. The ones I mentioned above were a variety of people that I thought of over the past 25 years (from 3…"
"In a nutshell? Department Politics. Being from a rural, 90% vollie department, I am continually frustrated by favoritism, nepotism and the little fiefdoms that have a stranglehold on our department.
It would seem that power and influence have more…"
"I just read the statistic from Marshall Goldsmith, PhD in Organizational Behavior, that the average employee spends 15 hours each week complaining about his or her boss.
This CAN'T be right. I think it is more.
If whining, griping,…"
"There are issues that could be similar in many departments for sure. But i would like to think that when push comes to shove, the issues disappear for a bit.
A firefighter that is knowledgeable, but complains all of the time.-----There are a…"
"I wasn't sure what the outcome would be, but felt that it wouldn't hurt to ask.
If I were to guess, I could probably think of a few issues that are occuring in your firehouse as they are in mine, but I was just hoping to gather some…"
"I think this is a grand gesture on your part, Randy, but I'm thinking that many people will not get too deep in airing out their dirty laundry on a public forum. You would likely have to agree to accept personal messages or something, and that…"
"You don’t need to apologize to me. This is what I asked for. If you don’t mind me asking, what are the big issues that you have to deal with? Are you comfortable with disciplining your firefighters? Do you have a system or steps that you…"
For me (as the Training Officer), I wish individuals (and their Company Officers) would care more about knowing how to do the job. To end on a positive note, I want to thank all of those that do step up with the desire to serve, courage to act, and the ability to perform.
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