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We Try Harder - Firehouse Zen

Fresh out of the oven, some humble pie.  Served with the right amount of self-critique, this can be a tasty dish. Latest post at Firehouse Zen.

Added by Mick Mayers on April 27, 2011 at 11:02pm — No Comments

The Way of The Chief

Just posted some new content over at Firehouse Zen, titled The Way of The Chief.  It is partially in response to a question posed by my colleague and friend Rhett Fleitz at The Fire Critic about the future leadership of the fire service.

As always, I invite you to come visit and hopefully, you'll come back…

Added by Mick Mayers on April 15, 2011 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Haters Need Not Apply

New post over at Firehouse Zen discusses why maybe some people are incapable of independent thought.  Come and check it out. And if you now of anyone who meets the standard, pass it along to them too.

Added by Mick Mayers on February 24, 2011 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Firefighting Jobs on Hilton Head Island

It doesn't work very well, it seems, to post something on the forums, as they just get buried in minutes.  If you want to know more about our department and why I'm eager to share this message with you, I have spelled it out in detail on my blog at Firehouse Zen.

Added by Mick Mayers on January 15, 2011 at 10:28am — No Comments

Amazing Posts Commemorating 9-11

I'd suggest if you haven't had a chance yet, check out some of the posts today over on FireEMSBlogs.com. There are some excellent posts remembering feelings about that day, our observations now about things, and just honoring those who gave everything they had that day. This event not only touched those in our nation, but in others as well. Give your day in honor of those by helping others and dedicate today to the memories of our brothers and their… Continue

Added by Mick Mayers on September 11, 2010 at 10:17am — No Comments

How Dedicated to Serve Are You?

When you say we'll protect you and serve you, where do you draw the line? Does there have to be a fire? A medical emergency? Or just a genuine need for help when you have run out of places to go or people to turn to?

Added by Mick Mayers on July 19, 2010 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

New Post on Firehouse Zen: The Roto-Ray

New Zen:…


Added by Mick Mayers on July 14, 2010 at 10:13am — No Comments

Upcoming Additions to Firehouse Zen

Over at Firehouse Zen we are going to add some new interactive features. Well, they aren't exactly "features", like fancy Flash animation or anything (although I'm learning that now and might play with it on my site- but I digress). No, it would be my welcoming each and every one of you to participate in the following:

  • The Weekly Weasel - I will ask for you all to submit a…

Added by Mick Mayers on May 13, 2010 at 8:26pm — No Comments

New on Firehouse Zen - Art in Unexpected Places


Added by Mick Mayers on April 21, 2010 at 9:43am — No Comments

Organizational Values - Daily vs. Emergency Ops

From Firehouse Zen:…


Added by Mick Mayers on April 17, 2010 at 9:18am — No Comments

Feeling Like I Just Drove Back Into My Old Neighborhood

The other day I flipped over to FFN and realized, I didn't know why, but I haven't really posted anything on FFN lately. I see a lot of the same names and many, many new ones, but it's so hard to be here and everywhere else, so unfortunately, I miss a lot of what is going on over here.

However, given some of the heated rhetoric I have seen, I wanted to forward something that was shared with me (Paraphrased from Dhammavadaka):

"Remember always that you are just a visitor… Continue

Added by Mick Mayers on April 7, 2010 at 5:49pm — No Comments

Responsible Writing

While I said my piece on here and on Firehouse Zen, I guess a little follow-up is due in regard to the post insinuating that the fire service might be an extension of the KKK.

The subject of racism in the firehouse is an compelling issue for discussion, as is some of the other close-minded actions of a small minority in our profession, but… Continue

Added by Mick Mayers on December 17, 2009 at 11:52pm — 14 Comments

FireEMSBlogs.com, Firehouse Zen and You

If you haven't checked out FireEMSBlogs.com yet, here's an invite over to see what the WebChief and others hath wrought. We've got a few of the old gang from over here on FFN blogging as well as some others, but there's some real quality information, especially from old pros like Dave Statter,… Continue

Added by Mick Mayers on November 19, 2009 at 9:42pm — 9 Comments

Play Nice With Others

I posted a blog on Firehouse Zen yesterday relating to evolving and changing with emerging issues and reflected on how even if we try to ignore it, the world around us is moving forward. Failing to move on from the past is only going to keep us from surviving.

This morning I was listening to Alan Dershowitz discussing President Obama's new supreme court… Continue

Added by Mick Mayers on May 26, 2009 at 10:57am — 2 Comments

Expecting The Expected

Early this morning I posted an article on my blog at Firehouse Zen regarding the need to guard against complacency and to not just expect those "smells and bells" calls to always be smells and bells, but to do our job and keep the "big one" in mind, because someday, that's exactly what you are going to encounter.

How about thinking about the expected as well? How often do… Continue

Added by Mick Mayers on April 10, 2009 at 10:42am — 4 Comments

To The Easily Offended

In my blog at Firehouse Zen today: I mentioned a great homily by Father Chris where he spoke about getting the message out (you know, THE Message). I specifically discussed one of his points about how, when someone in today’s society doesn’t agree with you, the expectation is that they have a “right” to be offended.

There are a lot of people who should pretty much… Continue

Added by Mick Mayers on April 4, 2009 at 4:09pm — 8 Comments

Constant Battle

From Firehouse Zen: I am never surprised by the willingness of firefighters to fight for what is right. I have officers that work with me as well as friends throughout emergency services who seem like they are perpetually locked in battle with someone over something, and having been one of those people myself for a number of years, I know how exhausting and frustrating that mode of… Continue

Added by Mick Mayers on March 14, 2009 at 7:38am — 6 Comments

Life Changes In A Split Second

From Firehouse Zen:

The other day I think we all were thinking about the death of the child struck by a Kansas City engine as reported by Firehouse.com. As you have probably heard thousands of times before, it doesn’t take too many incidents like this one to remind you that we have a huge responsibility while driving our apparatus, and even when all… Continue

Added by Mick Mayers on March 7, 2009 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

Customer Education

From my latest article at Firehouse Zen:

Every time I hear someone use the term “fireproof”, it makes me think of something my dad (a retired Fire Marshal) used to say: “Nothing is fireproof; a cinderblock at the bottom of the ocean will burn if you can get it to the right temperature.”

When you have teachable moments in your community, it is imperative that you capitalize on them. If your… Continue

Added by Mick Mayers on February 14, 2009 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Everyone Has Their Parking Lot Somewhere

Like I was discussing in my blog at Firehouse Zen, experience is useless without learning from it. As an officer with a few incidents under my belt, I too have my parking lot somewhere as a stark reminder of my failures and inadequacies (this isn't it, by the way). When I need a little humbling, I take a little spin by the ol' place to remind myself of what I was like as a young officer.

Unless you… Continue

Added by Mick Mayers on January 18, 2009 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

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