Setting the Room on Fire

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We’ve all been there. You find an opportunity to attend a presentation you really look forward to, made by a person hyped as “the best in the business,” on a skill or topic you see as essential for you. You can’t wait to go and sit in, absorb everything you can, and bring it back […]

The Role of Social Media in Fire Training

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Technology rules our lives. We hardly make it through the day without relying on our phones or computers, using email, text messaging, apps for everything, online convenience systems (banking, scheduling, etc) and social networks. It’s difficult to think about life before email exchange on day-to-day business interactions. Technology is here to stay and can be […]

Make Time

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You’ve heard the saying, “Actions speak louder than words.”  It rings true.  If you want to be the best, then you need to try your best.  You need to be all in.  You need to ask questions, be open to constantly learn new things.  There is no ‘part way.’  There’s no quick-fix, juicing diet plan that […]

Perception

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Over the years I have gotten a lot of criticism about the expectations I have for myself and those around me.  I know that sometimes I’m not viewed in a positive light because I’m always driving forward.  As much as we don’t like to admit it, many people find that trait more unpalatable in females than males.  […]

Confidence

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I haven’t always been the ‘out front’ type.  I used to spend my time in the back of the room, positioned perfectly to avoid being called on, or called out, able to slink away without being noticed.  From my back row vantage point I would watch others achieve, quietly wishing I could be as smart […]

Out Front

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I hold myself to a very high standard, I strive for perfection – day in and day out. It gets a little exhausting and can be defeating chasing an unattainable bar, but I would never consider lowering it. The problem with aiming so high is that I expect those around me to hold themselves equally […]

From the Other Side

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I have been to countless emergency responses over my twelve years in public safety. I have dealt with children in crisis in my career as an elementary teacher before that. I know how to handle myself on scenes, big, small, difficult… At least I thought I did; until the call to 9-1-1 was initiated from […]

Links

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We joined the emergency services to help people.  We get antsy when we go shifts without feeling like we’ve made an impact.  We use language that doesn’t seem right to ‘normal’ people, like “good fire” in reference to that hard work we put in or “bad tours” in reference to shifts with no meaningful calls. […]