Behavioral Health

Leadership: What’s Our Motivation?

Leadership: What’s Our Motivation?

It is apparent that leadership is a hot topic in the fire service today. One quick search on the internet reveals that leadership is something that is written about, lectured on, and taught on many different levels across our nation. Why is it that leadership is such a “hot topic”? Perhaps because it is painfully absent it most places. In this series we will address a definition of leadership that will set us apart. Let us begin: “What a waste […]

Leadership: Nowhere to Hide Part 1

Leadership: Nowhere to Hide Part 1

Anyone who has embraced the call to ‘step up and lead’ understands the weight of this great responsibility. Whereas we once cast stones at others about their incompetence or poor leadership abilities; we now are more understanding due to having walked several miles in their shoes. Leadership by its very definition is to be out in front. In times of conflict, those who are out in front are bold but also the ones to first to receive the first opposing […]

The Trinity of Turn-out Gear Part 1

The Trinity of Turn-out Gear Part 1

As firefighters, we are taught all of the foundational aspects of our tools, equipment, and P.P.E. in the beginning; so that we can build upon this knowledge throughout our career. In the Christian life, we often feel confused or lack clarity about certain issues that we face. This article is an analogy of our turn-out gear and The Trinity in hopes to help explain in terms that anyone can understand. Matthew 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, […]

Company Officer Perspectives Part 1

Do you see what they see? If you do, there might be a problem.. “As the Company Officer, If you see any less than any of your firefighters sees you are in the wrong position.” Joe Starnes The responsibility to see the big picture lies with the Company Officer. They have to be far enough back to see all the things that could harm their crew. The company officers responsibility is to not let their crew be harmed by what […]

CFFA 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb 2013

The Board of Directors

In an organization, the larger decisions are often made by a group of members who collectively can render the best decision based on their wealth of experience and knowledge.  This is commonly known as the board of directors. They provide direction and guidance.  There are many good and bad examples of organizations whose board of directors have either lead them successfully or have driven them into the ground. In our lives, we can learn a great deal from the ‘board […]

The Firefighter Rescue Plan: How to call for help?

The Firefighter Rescue Plan: How to call for help?

The Firefighter Rescue Plan: How to call for help? Let us consider each part of this scenario as one who has become lost in the ‘fires of life’: A sudden and unexpected calamity occurs in our life and we rush in to prevent any further harm without thought of a back-up plan.  Then the situation takes a turn for the worse and the world “collapses” around us. In this moment, we feel “pinned down” by the weight of this problem.  […]

Through the Darkness

Through the Darkness

The call goes out for a possible structure fire with people trapped. It’s three in the morning and the tones jolt your tired body out of bed. You quickly move from R.E.M to R.P.D. onto a fully staffed engine company with a truck company following. As you arrive, you find a single story light weight construction residential home with fire and smoke visible from the Alpha side. You give your size-up and as a family man you notice the bicycles […]

The Leadership Bible-Pain can provide Purpose

The Leadership Bible-Pain can provide Purpose

Have you ever been in a situation that you worked very hard to achieve only to find out that there is an even bigger mountain to climb? Each personal achievement or success seems to be marked by the challenges of the next step of the journey. It as if the mountain of adversity shouts at you: “You didn’t think that you were done yet did you?” If we are not challenged, facing difficult circumstances, or struggles; do we truly grow […]

The Leadership Bible: Becoming a Leader

The Leadership Bible: Becoming a Leader

The Leadership Bible: Becoming a Leader Let us pause and reflect on our lives for a moment: Who are you? What defines you? If our job or title was taken away would we still be significant? Does our salary define our significance or do we measure significance by the lives we touch? My friends God has made us unique. He has a special purpose for each one of his children. If we believe that we cannot make a difference or […]

by · June 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Behavioral Health
My Mentor and role model Chief Joe Starnes

The #Leadership Bible-The Journey Begins

The Leadership Bible by Andy Starnes-Chapter 2: The Leadership Journey As we begin our leadership journey we must understand the great responsibility and privilege we are about to assume. We have stepped up to an awesome and amazing opportunity! To lead others in the ‘way they should go’ (Proverbs 22:6) and impact lives for the future of this world and the world to come. Make no mistake, this is no easy task and it will not be a smooth paved […]

by · June 24, 2014 · 0 comments · Behavioral Health
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