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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 […]

Strengthen My Hands

Strengthen My Hands

“Strengthen My Hands” Have you ever noticed that when a passionate, dedicated, leader begins pursuing their vision they encounter obstacles and tremendous opposition? Have you ever felt the call to do more than the status quo but were met with negativity and opposition at every crossroads? Have you felt that as you neared your goal that the opposition and negativity of others increased ten-fold? Have you ever struggled with doubt, lack of self-worth, and felt that all of your efforts […]

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 […]

by · June 29, 2015 · 0 comments · Behavioral Health

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 […]

Sharpening Our Spirits

Sharpening Our Spirits

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 “Mental sharpness comes from being around good people. And a meeting of minds can help people see their ideas with new clarity, refine them, and shape them into brilliant insights. This requires discussion partners who can challenge one another and stimulate thought-people who know how to attack the thought and not the thinker. Two friends who bring their ideas together can help each other become sharper.” (NIV Commentary on […]

The Haz-Mat Rule of Relationships:

The Haz-Mat Rule of Relationships:

In the fire service, we are taught when dealing with hazardous materials incidents that we are to: Recognize, Notify, Identify, & Protect: In our personal lives, we will ultimately find that our environments are often hazardous to our health. We may be in the most vibrant, passionate, and fired up stage of our lives and yet be in an environment that does everything to poison, condemn, and cause us to doubt. We often forget, that we were made for a […]

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