Daily Encouragement

What every firefighter needs to know

What every firefighter needs to know

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 […]

by · June 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Daily Encouragement
Impending Flashover

Impending Flashover

As firefighters, we are trained to recognize the signs of an impending flashover. Rapidly increasing temperatures, a non-tenable environment, thick turbulent smoke and then it happens… Consider the imagery. A firefighter under significant stress begins to rapidly change their behavior, they become difficult to be around or remove themselves from any form of camaraderie, and any attempt to go near them is met with turbulent angry behavior. This is a warning. This individual is lashing out at you not because […]

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Death and how it affects us

Death and how it affects us

Death and How it Affects Us- As firefighters, we witness death on a regular basis. Some even become numb to the effects of being near to it so often. We joke about it at the dinner table moments after witnessing tragedy seemingly untouched by what we just saw. Or so we thought… What happens when we lose a loved one?  What happens when tragedy strikes our own lives? What happens when our health fails? What happens when all we worked […]

by · June 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Daily Encouragement
Brotherhood-A Re-introduction:

Brotherhood-A Re-introduction:

A Re-Introduction: Let us begin… There once was a noble profession known as firefighting and then those who loved it most fought for it the least. Their once unstoppable passion for the calling was replaced with the search for fame, recognition, and authority. Division replaced unity, bitterness replaced brotherhood, the calling became a career, and firefighters became employees. All the while politics and policy makers saw this as an opportunity to continue to divide us. For if we are divided […]

Bringing Back Brotherhood

Among the Broken:

Among the Broken: Jesus said “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27b Have you ever heard the phase ‘birds of a feather flock together?’ Firefighters, do you ever wonder why we seek out others who are like us? It is not out of prejudice or piousness, it is out of the desperate desire to feel as if you can relate. We want to be able to share through a bridge of common ground. […]

Facing Hard Times? Help is on the way:

Facing Hard Times? Help is on the way:

Facing Hard Times? Help is on the way: “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 […]

Firefighters Guide For The Fires of Life

Firefighters Guide For The Fires of Life

As firefighters we are trained and disciplined on how to handle complex situations even if we have never faced it before. Our basic knowledge, skills, and abilities are applied in such a way that they serve as a guide for each incident that we may face. Let us take a moment and consider how we can apply those same skills when we face the fiery trials in our personal lives. Step 1) Size-Up: At every incident we transmit a size-up […]

by · June 17, 2014 · 0 comments · Daily Encouragement
Bringing Back Brotherhood

Firefighter MAYDAY- Who will answer?

Your personal MAYDAY- who will answer? “The heart of modern firefighting is the ability to go aggressively after a serious fire & extinguish it.” John Norman In our world, we are tasked with “extinguishing” the worlds problems when in reality we have trouble “extinguishing” our own. As firefighters, we are meant to go after the problem and not stop till we resolve it. This mentality, this drive, and this discipline can cause us great heartache when we come upon a […]

by · June 17, 2014 · 0 comments · Daily Encouragement
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