Christopher Baker's Blog (29)

Maintaining the Work and Life Balance in the Fire Service

In my fire service career, I have worked on 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 reserve.  About a year later, I received the opportunity to be a…

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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

Over the years I have volunteered for various organizations. When I first started my career in the fire service, I began as a volunteer and, this original experience taught me the importance of volunteerism. One of the most rewarding volunteer experiences is when I traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti after the…

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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 Gulf Region of the United States.  I felt like I needed to help in some…

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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.  There are few milestones in life that are held in such high regard.  The…

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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 character traits that will help you achieve success…

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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 strong work ethic and taking the proper initiative.  When it is time…

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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 lifelong learner.  The fire academy is over and now you have found yourself in the Jumpseat.  Congratulations, you have arrived; however, the learning doesn’t…

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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 possibly feel like you just won the lottery.  The…

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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 perfect recipe or golden…

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

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