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Teaching The Working Length

The working length of hose is critical when it comes to an engine companies ability to rapidly extinguish a fire. The working length is that first 50 feet of hose from the nozzle to the first coupling. It is the ...

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Placards

Placards are used to help us identify what a vehicle is hauling. They usually have a corresponding number in the ERG to let us know what to do when we encounter the corresponding material. However would you be surprised to ...

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Leadership Tunnel Vision

Webster’s Dictionary defines Tunnel Vision as: constriction of the visual field resulting in loss of peripheral vision   extreme narrowness of viewpoint : narrow-mindedness; also : single-minded concentration on one objective In the Fire service, we often associate “tunnel vision” ...

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Leading From The Middle

“You are trying to do the hardest thing possible, you are trying to lead from the middle” Chief Andrew Baxter *The above quote was told to me by Chief Baxter at a low point in my fire service career. I ...

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What is on your book shelf?

I am a firm believer that “Leaders are Readers”. With the rapid pace the fire service takes these days, and its transition to more scientific research, and an emphasis on analytical data for decision making it is impossible to keep ...

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Mentors

No matter what you do in life, you always need someone to talk to, to bounce ideas off of, to confide in. I call them mentors, but no matter what you call them that person plays a significant role in ...

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