What is Aggressive?

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First, let me say that this post has nothing to do with the debate about interior versus exterior, so if you’re trolling for something like that, just move along. No, this is one post in a string of future posts that will address some situations I’ve recently seen regarding aggressiveness and the lack of on […]

FREE Live Webinar: Creating Company Drills: A Four Step Process

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          Please register for Creating Company Drills: A Four Step Process on Jun 29, 2016 2:00 PM CDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4698983218660889858 This FREE webinar will focus on the creation and implementation of company drills. One of the most important tasks that company officers must be proficient in is drilling and training their […]

BC Development Class–Online: July 25, 2016

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      This class is one I’ve been asked about since rolling out the Company Officer Development Program we’ve been doing for almost two years with great success. The Battalion Chief version is the same format but it is six weeks instead of five and it focuses on issues OFF of the fire ground. […]

Don’t Discount the ‘Can’

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As a young firefighter at my first career job, I had a captain that made us take a can on just about every type of alarm.  Fire alarm–take the can.  Odor of smoke–take the can.  The list goes on and it became a habit for us to grab the can.  During my time there (it’s […]

Take the High Road: No Gossip Allowed!

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This episode discusses the harm and challenges associated with speaking out of turn and partaking in the gossip that can be so ever prevalent. Take the high road, don’t participate and get all of the facts before speaking about something or someone. It can be harmful to the person being talked about and to your […]

5 Common Mistakes New Officers Make: Video and Podcast

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Here is a video of a recent FREE webinar about five common mistakes that new fire officers tend make. These are by no means exclusive, but from my experience are committed by many new officers. -Don’t try to change the world -Don’t have an authority complex -Don’t micromanage -Don’t be a quitter -Don’t avoid discipline […]

Basics of Bailout: Podcast

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Bailout is a last option for us when things go bad. We can do all of the right things and still find ourselves in trouble. It doesn’t and won’t happen often when we train and operate in standard manners, but we have to be prepared. This podcast discusses some basic concepts that we at Engine […]

For the Good of the Group: Podcast

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  This episode discusses our intentions and how, as leaders and fire officers, we need to put the group ahead of ourselves. Servant leadership is real and it makes a difference in your relationships and effectiveness as a leader. I have four basic priorities for myself and my members when on duty and in this […]

FREE Webinar: “Five Most Common Mistakes New Fire Officers Make”

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  Please register for “Five Most Common Mistakes New Officers Make” on Mar 25, 2016 1:00 PM CDT at: Register HERE! New fire officers make some very common mistakes when first taking the helm. This webinar will address each challenge and offer ways to avoid making them when you get promoted. Or, if you are […]

Battalion Chief Officer Development Program: May 2, 2016

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This class is one I’ve been asked about since rolling out the Company Officer Development Program we’ve been doing for almost two years with great success. The Battalion Chief version is the same format but it is six weeks instead of five and it focuses on issues OFF of the fire ground. Check it out, […]

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