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A Practical Working Creed

A Practical Working Creed

A Practical Working Creed: As firefighters, we often view our work from a different paradigm than most other professions. Many individuals view work as a curse or an unnecessary burden. Many of the personal problems of today can be traced back to individuals who are unhappy with their chosen profession. Yet those of us fortunate enough to be firefighters look upon our profession as a calling and not a career. This calling causes us to go above the minimum standards […]

The Power of One

The Power of One

The Power of One: Whether we admit it or not a startling fact is that many firefighters (first responders & police) today are suffering. They are not ill, or suffering from a physical malady but they are suffering in their heart.  What is this great suffering that I speak of?  It is the suffering of a dedicated individual in a poisoned environment. It can be likened to a crop struggling to grow in contaminated soil. Their roots are desperately trying […]

The Shortest & Most Powerful Verse

The Shortest & Most Powerful Verse

The Shortest & Most Powerful Verse: “Jesus wept” (John 11:35) As firefighters, we don’t like to admit that we often hurt. Not just a physical pain from our work but an inner torment. We often push down the emotions from the things we see, the struggles in our own lives, and the stress we experience. Then in one moment, we erupt as if our emotional pressure relief valve gives up. The tears come and they fall like rain. Perhaps, in […]

Out of the Flames-Jarret Keith Testimonial

Out of the Flames-Jarret Keith Testimonial

We thank our brother Jarret Keith for courageously sharing his testimony with all of us. Read on for encouragement: There have been some recent occurrences that have changed my life and I feel the need to share it with all of you. I have recently decided to accept Jesus into my heart again. I accepted him into my heart before and strayed away from the word of God. But this past Friday I was at work at the Fire Dept. […]

Fighting Against Our Purpose

Fighting Against Our Purpose

In the world today, many have struggled to make ends meet. Many have struggled with the loss of their jobs, their homes, and their finances. In the midst of the world of financial insecurity, have we not seen the danger of placing our hope and trust in money? In a blink of an eye, a lifetime of work and savings can be erased… In a bad day at the stock market, retirement dreams can be wiped out… In an unexpected […]

Leaderships Greatest Challenge

Leaderships Greatest Challenge

As we strive to make a difference, to fulfill our calling, and to seek out God’s purpose in our lives we will all face the same struggle. We will all face an individual that despite all our efforts they will continue to disappoint us. We will all work desperately with someone and they will turn away. We will all strive and pray for them to overcome their demons but they will continue to struggle. We have all met this person […]

The Key to Understanding

The Key to Understanding

As we travel along the road of life, we begin to notice a trend in the world around us. We only are able to see this trend and understand it because we were as John Newton says “I once was lost, but now I am found.” If we are honest with ourselves “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” […]

Rescuing Our Own

Rescuing Our Own

Rescuing our own- “Why don’t those who save others call for help?” The United States is seeing increasing numbers of first responders suffering from behavioral health despite the increasing of availability of behavioral health resources. Statistical data has shown an increase in first responders suffering from these behavioral health issues such as: anxiety and depression, PTSD, alcohol & substance abuse, and increased risk of suicide. First Responders are exposed to occupational stress at a higher level than many other occupations […]

Alcohol and The Fire Service: A Long Tradition

Alcohol and The Fire Service: A Long Tradition

Drinking alcohol and being a firefighter seem to go hand and hand. When I grew up at the firehouse it was an every weekend occurrence. Even before I was a member, I would hang out there on the weekends with my dad. Every Friday night after a few hours of bingo it was time for the “boys” to crack open the beers and get the hall set up. All the members would huddle around the bar in the back of […]

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Asking Why?

Asking Why?

Asking Why: Firefighters often face situations with terrible circumstances, tragic outcomes, and despite our efforts many are lost.  We often carry the scars of that one call we will never forget buried in our hearts for all of our days. It weighs on us, dims our outlook, and begins to affect our daily lives. Then when hard times come in our own lives we cry out to God in anguish and despair asking the simple yet profound question  “Why God?”  […]

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