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  • Carter: Getting It All Done Requires a Bit of Time Management

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Thursday July 10, 2014
    One of my favorite analogies comes from the 1960 John Wayne movie, "The Alamo."  Do you remember the scene where Lawrence Harvey, as Colonel Travis, drew a line in the sand and then proceed to invite those who wished to stay and fight Santa Ana’s...
  • Carter: Something You Can't Read About in a Book

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Tuesday June 10, 2014
    It is with a great deal of concern that I come to you with the thoughts in this commentary.  It is my opinion that there is a serious problem brewing in our beloved fire service.  It has taken me quite some time to put my thoughts together. My goal here...
  • Carter: Where is the Next Generation?

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Tuesday March 11, 2014
    As I sit here in my hotel room in Las Vegas I am pondering the relative worth of all that I have done, am doing, and hope to do for my fellow travelers in the world of fire protection.  My associates and I are here for the annual general meeting of the...
  • Carter: Organizational Knowledge is the New Challenge

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Monday February 3, 2014
    The other day it was my good fortune to read an interesting article on a Wall Street Journal blog.  It spoke to the many problems in government at the national level.  It spoke to the problems inherent in the law which has come to be known as...
  • Carter: The Importance of Knowledge

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Tuesday November 19, 2013
    Many have been the occasions during my career when I held myself up to you as a spokesman for wisdom and enlightenment. Many times I have tried to take the moral high ground as I sought to discuss my feelings about sharing, knowledge with others via the...
  • Carter: Each of Us Is Truly Our Brothers' Keeper

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Tuesday November 12, 2013
    As is my way, I was out on the front porch the other day puffing and pondering the fate of the world.  It was a beautiful Fall day and the temperature was up into the low 60's.  It was truly a beautiful day to be witnessing the glory of a beautiful...
  • Carter: Lessons in Compromise and Negotiation

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Saturday October 26, 2013
    How many of you are familiar with the name of Henry Clay?  He was a Whig Party Senator from Kentucky and is possibly best remembered as the one who crafted the Great Compromise of 1850.  In that agreement a number of states agreed to positions over...
  • Carter: Taking Care of the Troops

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Tuesday October 22, 2013
    My task with you today is work hard in order to make a fairly boring concept to life for you in such a manner that you will go running out the door of your office shouting at the top of your lungs "I have seen the future and it is great!"  That is how...
  • Carter: Some More Tips for the New Fire Officer

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Tuesday September 10, 2013
    Last week on my blog here on Firehouse.com I shared some thoughts with you about how the newly promoted officer should act and think. It is my fervent hope that you chose to remember the part about caring for your people. Because without that thought in...
  • Carter: Some Tips for the New Fire Officer

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Tuesday September 3, 2013
    As I was sitting out on my front porch the other day, I made a particularly average, not-at-all startling discovery. I have been in the fire and emergency service world for nearly 50 years. And my writing for the fire and emergency service community has...