As Firefighters we understand the value of team work. We are taught from the very beginning that the success of our efforts is based upon how well we work together. One of the areas that this is most evident is during hose-line advancement. The end result of the nozzle man’s work of extinguishment is directly correlated to how well the back-up firefighter works with them. In short, without the back-up firefighter working in unison, anticipating the next move, pulling the […]
Share The Load Program: Featuring Mark Lamplugh Jr. from American Addictions Centers & The National Volunteer Council’s Share...
Picture these words in your mind: Separated, darkness surrounds you, your air is running out, and then you see it: the way out! Have...
From whence we came: There were no badges or symbols on their chest. They were knights engaged in battle when suddenly their brothers...
1 John 1:6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. As leaders, we are tasked with providing encouragement to people who can be hostile and unreceptive. And the organizations that we serve can often hinder our efforts to provide positive change. Our positive words seem to be met with a negative reactions more than a welcome response. Our suggestions are often met with negativity […]
“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character, and character hope. “ Romans 5:3 How do we glory in our sufferings? Not many of us look at the problems of life as something to be happy about. As firefighters, we solve problems for others but respond differently when they affect us. Why is this? As a firefighter, we understand this concept better than we would like to admit. We […]
“For whoever will call upon the name of The Lord will be saved” Romans 10:13 Consider this: As Firefighters, we are in the business of saving lives. Have we ever stopped to think about “who will save us?” But many will say: “I don’t need to be saved!” We have all have seen people fall: from the rich and the famous.. from the poor to the politicians.., from our leaders in our homes… to the leaders in our daily lives. […]
The fire service is one marked with a long tradition of service, sacrifice, teamwork, and compassion. Many departments across our country are volunteer organizations that operate with little funding/support from the community or tax base that they protect. Firefighters, whether paid or volunteer, love what they do. It is calling to most and can at times be one of the most rewarding pursuit. Many firefighters sacrifice themselves daily (time, money, and dedication) so that their community will be protected. What […]
How often have you ever left the fire station beaten down after being up all night? “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29 Inevitably, someone will ask you “So, how was your night?” and we respond “We had a bad night.” This morning, as I left the fire station I contemplated the phrase “bad […]
Reigniting the fire within you… Perhaps you have been a member of the fire service for sometime now. Throughout your journey you have experienced much. Firefighters often boast about their seniority and their amount of experience. Yet we hardly ever hear of one boasting of their experiences such as: pain, loss, tragedy, divorce, health issues, depression, and the general trials of life. On average a firefighter gives 1/3rd of his/her life in service to others. In a profession that answers […]
The battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands. —1 Samuel 17:4 In life, we can become so wounded by our trials that we begin to slowly give up. Our focus begins to become so limited that all we can see is the depth of our pain. Our heart is so heavy that we see no victory in these moments. But wait.. “Open your eyes.God has surrounded you with people in need of His care. It’s […]
Firefighters function together despite differences, beliefs, or personal preferences. We are able to put aside our differences and function as one towards a common goal of serving our fellow man. Take a team of firefighters who have never met and place them on an apparatus and it is amazing how quickly they can come together as a team. Yet, in the midst of personal conflict or troubles we seem ‘statistically’ incapable of helping ourselves. This is not to say that […]
In our journey there will come a time in our lives when we realize that all that we are, all that we have, and all that we have done is meaningless. Something is missing and that something is a someone: Jesus Christ. It’s at the point where we notice a pattern of reaching goals, acquiring possessions, working for recognition, and it hits us that each time we reach the pinnacle we are faced with another mountain to climb. It seems […]
We thank our brother for his bravery in sharing the following story. We hope that you are encouraged by his words… None of us ever wants to admit defeat. It is not in our nature. What makes it even more difficult for people like us is what we do. We are the ones going in, giving aid, support, sacrifices and sometimes even our lives in order to save others. We are supposed to be the invincible ones and for the […]