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Chain of Command-Going Straight to the Chief

Chain of Command-Going Straight to the Chief

In the fire service, we follow the ‘chain of command’ in which we communicate to our immediate supervisor. We follow this out of respect and out of the knowledge we are not allowed to go directly to the Chief without representation. In our lives, we sometimes feel we cannot go to God with our troubles. We feel unworthy and that the distance between our hearts and God is too far. Let us consider for a moment what Jesus did for […]

A Heart of Stone

A Heart of Stone

A Heart of Stone The world that we live in can often cause us to grow calloused and cold. We see so much violence and hatred that we become conditioned to it. Terrible things no longer shock us or impact us and as firefighters we treat the dilemmas of our own lives with a ‘tactical-practical’ mentality. There lies an inherent danger of becoming removed from ourselves. Before long, we wonder if we can even feel anything at all. In an […]

Beauty out of the Ashes:

Beauty out of the Ashes:

Not too long ago, I had fallen victim to the poison of bitterness and even considered leaving the fire department. I would often ask “Does my service even matter anymore?” I heard a man speak by the name of Rick Lasky on Pride and Ownership. It was as if God told him to speak directly to me. I felt renewed and energized, but sadly I fell down again. It was not until one day in church when I cried out […]

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.  […]

The Be-attitudes of Brotherhood: #4. Be enthusiastic- BE into the job.

The Be-attitudes of Brotherhood: #4. Be enthusiastic- BE into the job.

By Brother Stone: Be-Attitude #4 Be-Enthusiastic! In the previous three Be-Attitudes we have been building on what characteristics or attitudes are found in one who practices true brotherhood. Be-Attitude #4 is a defining characteristic of one who is a firefighter versus one who is an employee. It is about being into the job; or simply stated “It is one who is genuinely sincere, passionate, and authentic about their calling. We must find what it is that excites us and pursue […]

Available? The value of Divine Appointments:

Available? The value of Divine Appointments:

Have you ever been interrupted? Have you ever thought “I just don’t have time for this right now?” Has someone called, showed up, or caused a change in your schedule because of their urgent need? As firefighters, we stop what we are doing to answer the call of “an unscheduled appointment.” Yet when our loved ones interrupt us we seem to forget that we are still servants to our fellow man: on and off duty. Consider this: Most of the […]

Is your fire free burning or slowly dying?

Is your fire free burning or slowly dying?

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 […]

by · July 20, 2014 · 0 comments · Daily Roll Call
Spotlight on Brotherhood: Share the Load Program

Spotlight on Brotherhood: Share the Load Program

Share The Load Program: Featuring Mark Lamplugh Jr. from 360 Wellness & The National Volunteer Council’s Share The Load program As first responders, we face continual exposure to stress throughout our careers. It is well known that first responders have a higher rate of heart attacks, stress related disorders (PTSD, anxiety & depression, and other unhealthy coping mechanisms), and those that answer the call for help seldom make the call when they face down the ‘fires’ of their lives. Firefighters […]

Have you become lost in the #fires of life?

Have you become lost in the #fires of life?

Picture these words in your mind: Separated, darkness surrounds you, your air is running out, and then you see it: the way out! Have you ever been lost in a fire? Or more commonly: Have you become lost in the fire service? Many of us started out with a vibrant passion with seemingly unstoppable ambition only to find ourselves feeling lost and alone. Those around us seem paralyzed and impervious to encouragement. In a profession that deals in adversity, we […]

The Great Contradiction of the Fire Service

The Great Contradiction of the Fire Service

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 […]

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