Behavioral Health

Conducting a Firefighter Size-Up

Conducting a Firefighter Size-Up

As one soldiers on in sharing the love of Christ with others in the fire service there is a consistent theme that we encounter. It is the encounter of the wounded and broken soul who has built walls around their heart in defense of the hurt in this world. Their eyes seem to cry out the Psalmist words “My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, but I find no rest.” Psalm 22:2 their mannerisms and […]

Predicting Ethical Performance

In the world today ethics and morality are written about, debated, and are often the cause of much controversy in many public forums. In the fire service we see that this issue is also a point of contention. We see that ethics are ambiguous, hard to define, no matter how clearly defined they are organizationally. However, despite the controversial and ambiguous nature of ethics they are inherently necessary to the life of the public servant. “Clearly, public service ethics has […]

Leadership Lessons

Leadership Lessons

Leadership moment to consider: Are we building others up? Or are we tearing them down? Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. —Galatians 6:1 As leaders, have you ever noticed when someone makes a mistake (minor or major) many leaders don’t follow a system of progressive discipline? Rather […]

Organizational Processes & Firefighter Ethical Performance

Organizational Processes & Firefighter Ethical Performance

Do Organizational Processes Affect Individual Firefighter Ethical Performance? Clearly, public service ethics has become a very broad and often ambiguous category that sometimes generates controversy as to what constitutes the term” (Zamor, p.1). Yet in the realm of public service, it continues to demand individuals of higher moral character and behavior while failing to produce a consistent example or mechanism of enforcement. Why is this so? One begins to wonder, with all of the emphasis on the individual how much […]

by · May 13, 2015 · 0 comments · Behavioral Health

Ethical Disasters

Ethical Disasters in the Fire Service: “Preventing the Predictable”  Ethical Disasters in the fire service are becoming a more common occurrence in our world. Or are they? The concept of breaking a code of ethics, failing to comply with a set of known standards, or breaking the law by a public official is nothing new but it is more readily scrutinized and used for inflammatory purposes by the media, the politicians, and other social agenda groups. The repeated response by […]

by · April 30, 2015 · 0 comments · Behavioral Health
Combination Department Problems?

Combination Department Problems?

Combination Department Problems? Perhaps it’s time for some: Creative Professional Development.      The situation presented before us is not an uncommon one. Many combination departments today are struggling with recruitment, resources, and training. Each department, no matter its circumstances, needs to begin with an honest evaluation of where they currently are: their strengths, weaknesses, deficiencies and where do they want to be in the future. This is the strategic planning in its basic form. In this case, the department […]

The Need for Fire Service Ethics

The Need for Fire Service Ethics Anyone who follows social media and has been in the fire service can readily identify that there has been an increase in ‘bad firefighter’ behavior. News headlines vary from firefighters being disciplined for sexual exploits in the fire house, to firefighters who are serving prison time for paying other firefighters to work for them, and firefighters being disciplined for inappropriate behavior or remarks on social media.  The fire service is a respected position of […]

Firefighter Discipleship-Leadership Lessons

Firefighter Discipleship-Leadership Lessons

Firefighter Discipleship: Leadership Lessons from the Book of Titus. “Training others up in the way they should go” is an important step in the discipleship process, which is to slowly and carefully develop someone into a mature Christian and a responsible leader” (NIV commentary on Titus). In the fire service today mentoring appears to becoming a lost art. As leaders and veterans of our calling we are entrusted with a greater responsibility than we realize. Jesus commands us in the […]

Tired of the Fire Service Debate?

Tired of the Fire Service Debate?

In the fire service today, it is alive and vibrant with positive change and learning. As a lifelong student of the fire service I limit my remarks on the many debates and only serve as an arbiter. I myself have become weary of those who wish to build up their agenda by demeaning and condemning others. Consider these points for a moment: With all the wonderful discussion and learning that occurs amidst change we must ask: Are our methods to […]

by · February 2, 2015 · 1 comment · Behavioral Health
Leadership-The Trap of Ambition

Leadership-The Trap of Ambition

This is what the world says to us all: Just one more…and that will be enough. As one who is pursuing the role and great responsibility of leadership it is important to conduct a size-up of ones self. What are our underlying motivations to become a leader? To make a difference or to affirm ourself? Is it power, Is it wealth, Is it recognition, Or Is it control? Understand this: One who is called to a position of leadership will […]

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