The View from my Front Porch
You must be sure to search far and wide for possible solutions. I have found that it is the rare problem that has not been solved by someone else in another place.
When you do not schedule the events in your life, you do not control your life. Instead, you are letting life control you.
It seems like people are sadly starting to see people of a certain age in the fire service as possessing an absence of wisdom rather than a treasure trove of knowledge to be shared and celebrated.
It is my fear that I have failed to find and train my replacement. How about you?
A blog by Wall Street Columnist Peggy Noonan reminds Harry Carter that the fire service needs to change things to a more reality-based way of doing business.
I remember a fire department where books in a library were stored behind the locked gates of one individual’s approach to knowledge dissemination.
As fire officers we are truly our brother’s keeper, not only to him or her, but to their families and loved ones.
So, if you are a new fire service officer, it is critical for you to learn to submerge your own ego for the good of the firefighters you will lead.
Many firefighters and fire chiefs avoid decision-making because it is hard word, but it is also rewarding work.
So here we are in one of my favorite locations, the place where I get to see the view from my front porch. The photo tells the story my friends and a good one it is. This week, however, the location of my front porch shifted about 200 miles to the south...
Most fire service and industry managers will agree that a day started without a plan, without some goals to achieve, normally results in fewer accomplishments than a day lived with setting and meeting objectives.
Harry Carter asks if you've ever met a person who practiced the fine art of "active ignorance;" those who are unwilling to step up and take advantage of the opportunities to learn the proper way.
In a firefighter's line of work, failure has some extremely serious consequences. The following statement is simple, but quite direct: If at first you don't succeed, try again.