WOW it feels like for ever since I have been able to dedicate some time to the blog! This time of year is always hard for me to write, for one thing it is summer time and there is so much going on! This is prime time earning for my part-time job, and the activities are endless!
We just recently got back from a family vacation at my wife’s favorite place on the planet Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida. It was a great time and while I do love what I do and am passionate about the fire service it was great to disconnect for a bit. I didn’t tweet a lot, I didn’t read much about the fire service, I didn’t even work out while on vacation. It actually felt great to “unplug”. However I do find myself missing the job especially since the week I was gone was Safety Stand Down Week.
Some think this is pointless but I really like that we take the time to focus on a different topic of firefighter safety every year. Should we do it more often? Absolutely, but sometimes we get lost in the day-to-day grind of the job and we need things like this to pull us back in.
I was made aware by my brother of a great Safety Stand Down video produced by his fire department featuring one of their most respected chiefs, Battalion Chief Warren Cersley. Take a look at it below.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D_uxHUda0c]
Safety and Health is important folks, if our goal is to serve then we have to be in the right mindset, have the right physical fitness, and be trained to the highest level. So take these things to heart and actually try to improve yourself. None of us are perfect and we all have things we can work on. I know me personally I have picked up some bad habits again with eating and need to refocus my nutrition. I also have identified some weaknesses with certain skills that I am striving to improve.
Sure you will have a bad day, maybe even a bad week! But what separates the guys who are fireman and the ones who are employees is that the fireman care! We care if we have a bad day and we work to fix it and make it better to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
I have had a bad few weeks with nutrition and fitness in general, sure I was on vacation and I have been fighting a cold, but those are just excuses and wont fix the problem. Do not let your excuses dominate your productivity. If your feeling to bad to do a full workout do a half one, or pay more attention to what your eating. If you can not work out at all dedicate an hour to learning a new skill for the fire service, or reading an article. As I say often 1 hour in the gym, and 1 hour training will pay huge dividends so do not wait start today.
As usual thanks for reading, spread the word, and STAY SAFE!