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  • Fire Station Design: Additional Considerations for New Stations

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Monday February 8, 2010
    Fire department officers should also be aware of the “minor” changes in a community, changes that occur so gradually that most people are barely aware of them. For example, vacant lots are filled in, industrial interests are relocated, a small farm is...
  • DAY 61 - EPILOGUE

    By Tim Butler - Sunday February 7, 2010
    February 7, 2010: I’ve washed all my work out clothes….cleaned out my car….stored all my classroom notes and textbooks on the shelf….read the newspaper reports of the graduation and the now fulfilled dreams of my classmates….and slept a full 8...
  • DAY 59 - GRADUATION

    By Tim Butler - Sunday February 7, 2010
    February 5, 2010: The day had arrived! Family and friends had gathered to see “their Recruit” take the oath and pin on the Badge of “FIREFIGHTER!” My classmates looked so young and crisp in the their bright white shirts, sporting – for...
  • DAY 56 - THE FINAL DAY

    By Tim Butler - Sunday February 7, 2010
    February 2, 2010: Today was – for me – the final day of the academy. Today’s final written exam would be the final hurdle. I would skip the tour of the dispatch center this afternoon, having directed a similar center in Saint Paul for 14...
  • DAY 55 - FINAL PRACTICAL EXAM

    By Tim Butler - Sunday February 7, 2010
    February 1, 2010: They turned the schedule around on us again today….the Fourth Quarter Practical – originally scheduled for tomorrow – is being held later TODAY! My stomach started churning in anticipation of that “last biggest” hurdle as...
  • DAY 53 - STATE CERTIFICATION TEST FOR FIREFIGHTER II

    By Tim Butler - Sunday February 7, 2010
    January 28, 2010: About half the class took the Minnesota State Firefighter II certification test today. This test is one of the final remaining tests for our recruit academy, yet another reminder that “we’re not done yet.” Failure could...
  • DAY 52 - FIREFIGHTER SELF AWARENESS

    By Tim Butler - Sunday February 7, 2010
    January 27, 2010: In much of our training, we’ve discussed the importance of “situational awareness:" knowing what’s going on around you, monitoring the changing conditions of a burning building, “reading the smoke” to determine what is...
  • Bad Habits

    By Dr. Richard Gasaway - Sunday February 7, 2010
    In my book, On Fire About Leadership , I dedicate a chapter to discussing 25 bad habits that annoy me. The chapter is entitled “Leave your bad habits at the door.”  Here are seven of the bad habits from my list (not necessarily in priority order...
  • Decision-Making for the Fainthearted

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Friday February 5, 2010
    When I sat down at the computer to begin work on this little session with you, I was torn in a number of directions. Should I write about something interpersonal, something technical, or something from my career in the fire service? I had trouble making...
  • Fire Station Design: Some Considerations for New Stations

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Wednesday February 3, 2010
    The number and location of fire stations must be reevaluated periodically, but at least annually, as a community’s structures and population change. The number of stations a department should have depends, like everything else, on a balance between...