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  • How Much Fire Department Do You Need and Why?

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Saturday October 2, 2010
    Recently it has been my sad duty to note that there has been a significant drop in the level of fire protection that many communities have. This is not in just one area, but it exists in a wide number of different areas of our nation. I have seen this in...
  • Flashbacks and Other Interesting Events: Fire – Then and Now

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Sunday September 12, 2010
    What an interesting week we have just witnessed in the world of fire in America. First we saw the impact of fire on the City of Detroit, Michigan. A serious windstorm struck that ailing industrial city. The wind downed a large number of wires and fires...
  • Proper Policies Guide You to Organizational Success

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Thursday August 26, 2010
    Everyone reading this text belongs to an organization: In some case more than one organization. So that we will not diffuse our focus, let's all concentrate on the one type of organization where we have a common interest, the fire department...
  • How Can You Lead if You Cannot Teach?

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Sunday August 8, 2010
    Many of you have known me for a long time now. You know what motivates me and you also know the heart and soul of my true passion in this life. Let me suggest that it is time to return to my roots and paint a new version of an old picture. Let me lay...
  • Are You Listening? I Can't Hear You if You Are?

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Tuesday August 3, 2010
    Many years ago it was my good fortune to come across a very interesting article in the Star Ledger newspaper of Newark, New Jersey. It dealt with the fact that the best leaders were good listeners. I always find articles like these to be immensely...
  • Leading From the Front: Some Thoughts

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Sunday July 25, 2010
    Did I ever tell you the story about the Captain I knew in the City of Newark who would never help his crew load the hose back onto their pumper? It did not matter if the crew was full or riding short. This bum would sit in the cab of the pumper...
  • Empty Fire Stations and Other 21st Century Dilemmas

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Wednesday July 14, 2010
    It is with a great deal of interest that I read about the plans by fire departments across the country to close stations, create part-time fire stations and lay off people. I guess we are once again at that stage of government operations where the health...
  • To Merge or Not to Merge: That is the Question

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Thursday July 8, 2010
    Do you have any idea when it will be time to consider a merger between fire departments in order to provide better fire protection for your community? Let me suggest that the first step comes when you look around and finally notice the true state of...
  • Some Firefighter Safety Thoughts

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Monday June 21, 2010
    As we approach another national firefighter safety week, let me offer a few thoughts to guide your actions in the weeks and months which lie just ahead of us. Let me strongly advise you that people are our most important asset. How often have you...
  • We Cannot Have a Bad Day

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Friday June 11, 2010
    There are some really basic rules in the world of fire. Before you board the fire truck, you need to know what you are doing. If you want to perform your job correctly, you must train to the standards established for you. If you want your team to...