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Choosing the Right Bailout System

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By Frank Lipski of Engine House Training, LLC Check out our Class at FDIC 2016 Fire Forces Bailout in Virginia Introduction The process of choosing a bailout system for your agency can be difficult to say the least.  In this article, I am going to share with you my step-by-step guide to ensure you are able to […]

Tool or No Tool?

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By Jason Hoevelmann with Steve Heidbreder Tool or No Tool? When we go to conferences or sit around with other engaged firefighters there is no lack of lively conversation and debate. From world affairs, to sports teams, bands and of course, tactics! There is no better time spent with other firefighters learning about what others […]

Battalion Chief Officer Development Program

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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 […]

Core Values

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  This episode we discuss the importance of core values when creating your mission plan for progressing and improvement. The core values are our cornerstone about what we are about and who we are. They are not negotiable. Below is an example of some core values.   Core Values Professionalism: In and out of the […]

Have a Vision!

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  In this episode I discuss the importance of having a vision. We must have a vision to be able to get where we want to go in life and in our professions.  It is imperative that we see where we want to be and create an actionable plan for getting there. That starts with […]

Winter Operations Checklist and Podcast

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      Attached is an outline we used for a quick winter operations class at work. I ran across this the other day and thought it would be appropriate to post now.  The podcast is here for this topic as well.  Feel free to add and use this as you see fit. If you […]

The Road Map: Give Some Direction

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        As the company officer we have an obligation to ensure that our crew stays safe. Wearing seatbelts, traffic vests, headsets on the apparatus and making sure that our PPE is worn appropriately are all important, no doubt. But, imagine being given a map with no starting point and no idea where […]

FREE Webinar–Five Steps for Promotion

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Get registered for this FREE webinar on how to increase your chances for promotion. There is no magic bullet and it takes work, but, there are few things you can do in any career to help you on your path to promotion. Click HERE to register and share with your friends!

The Monday Mantra, Exceed Expectations from Leading Under Fire

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  Every Monday I will post a new podcast from Leading Under Fire to give you a little boost to get your week started. I will provide inspirational quotes, helpful tips and just straight encouragement to have the best week you can. This episode focusses on Exceeding Expectations. In this episode we discuss that meeting […]

How Dare You!-We Can No Longer Tolerate Incompetence!

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By: Captain Steve Heidbreder As many of you may have done over the Father’s Day weekend, I spent some time thinking about the day and what it means to me as a father. I reflected on my own Father, my Step-Dad, my Grandfathers, and those that were a father figure in my life. I then looked at myself […]

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