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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 […]

The Loss of Work Ethic

What is work? Is it burdensome or bothersome? Or is it the place where our passion is pursued and a part of ourselves receives fulfillment Have the days of feeling satisfaction from a job well done gone by?  Has the loss of morality and the endorsement of situational ethics caused us to lose hope in our work?  Has the world of instant answers caused us to quit at the slightest sign of adversity? Have we considered our own work ethic? […]

The FireHouse Kitchen Table

The FireHouse Kitchen Table

Anyone that has been in the fire service can attest to the power of the Fire House Kitchen table. Problems are solved, amazing stories are told (some true/some not), training is conducted, and bonds are forged that last a lifetime. It is truly an amazing place! The Fire service is at a unique place in its history. We are able to discuss topics no matter our background or expertise with anyone from around the world. We are instantly connected via […]

Lightweight Construction: A new hazard

Lightweight Construction: A new hazard

In the fire service today, we are trained to understand the dangers of light weight construction’s performance under fire conditions. Because of our training, we know that despite a building’s strong appearance on the outside, we are fully aware of its structural weaknesses such as engineered lumber, gusset plates, I-Joists, and more. Many NIOSH reports testify to the great loss of life that has been suffered in this type of construction.   There components are lighter, cheaper, and allows the […]

Recognizing False Teaching

Recognizing False Teaching

In the fire service today, the number of instructors seem to almost outnumber the students. There are excellent and well educated instructors who have a passion for what they do. There are average instructors who do a good job and there are those instructors who are merely concerned with receiving a paycheck. Those who feel called to teach and instruct others take upon the role with great respect. They pour their heart, mind, spirit and energy into the work of […]

Who’s in Command?

Who’s in Command?

Sorrow and memories of loved ones that have passed on can overwhelm our hearts at times. As firefighters, we don’t like to admit that we lose control of ourselves as we are a model of control amidst chaos to others. We have before us a decision to make in these conflagrations of emotions: We can embrace and face the pain. -or- We can suppress the pain only to have it rekindle once again in our lives causing even more collateral […]

Do we go to work! Or do we just go to work?

Do we go to work! Or do we just go to work?

As firefighters, another occupational hazard exists among us that is often overlooked. We tend to be more judgmental than most professions. Let’s explain this further: We are trained to make quick assessments of patients, size-up and implement strategies in dangerous situations, and quickly assess individuals under our supervision. In this process of becoming proficient in our world we can fall into the habit of judging others. We then become especially hard upon our own brothers and sisters in the fire […]

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 […]

Struggling with “The One”

Struggling with “The One”

Have you ever struggled with someone? Change happens slow but how much patience do we have? Have you ever given of yourself, prayed earnestly, encouraged them and sacrificed for their benefit but they seemed to ignore or disregard all of your efforts? How did this make you feel? Disrespected? Hurt? Bitter? Did you give up on them? Stop for a moment and think back to a time in our own life when we were headed down the wrong path. Did […]

A #Leadership Prayer

A #Leadership Prayer

Lord, let me first to awake so I may lead my family. And last to the bed as to insure their safety. Let, me be the first to admit when I am wrong. And let me remain humble throughout all my life long. Let me be the first to speak up for the poor, the helpless, & the broken. And erase my sinful pride so I may not become pious and outspoken Let me be the first to read Your […]

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