To Be Up or Down

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  In my years as a younger firefighter, both as a volunteer and during my career training, it was driven home that we enter building fires with a low profile.  More specifically on our hands and knees.  I was never going to question my instructors, the books or the more veteran firefighters that mentored me. […]

Episode 6: Resiliency

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  Throughout our lives we have challenges, frustrations and failures.  There is no way to avoid them and we have to learn how to deal with them.  Certainly, we try to do all we can to minimize them and avoid those situations, but life happens! This Monday Mantra addresses being resilient.  We must be resilient […]

Episode 5: Humility: Have Some!

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  This episode is a discussion about the power of humility for leaders. All of us need to be and could demonstrate more humility in our daily and professional lives. The kind of humility I”m talking about isn’t deflecting compliments, although giving credit where it’s due is important and nobody likes a bragger, we need […]

Episode 4: Perseverance

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  In this episode discuss the challenges we are confronted with everyday. Some of those challenges are at work, at home or in other organizations or functions we participate in. The can be from the things we love to do or in the form of things we don’t like to do. In any event, we […]

Episode 3: Tackling Problems

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          This episode with Jason Hoevelmann addresses and discusses the issues and challenges with solving large problems and putting those problems in perspective. Jason shares a story about his son moving desk on his own, and realizing that when he takes the drawers out, the desk is significantly lighter and easier […]

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 […]

Leading Under Fire

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Please listen to and share my new podcast called “Leading Under Fire”. I am starting a new podcast that will not only be fire service targeted, but the general public. At the urging of some friends and social media followers, I have decide to branch out a little. This is the first of a weekly […]

A Different Kind of Courage

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  When speaking of public servants like firefighters, police officers and our military, courage is a word that many use to describe our actions.  After all we are running in when others are running out.  If you were to ask a firefighter about the courage it takes to run into a burning building, odds are that […]

5 Week Company Officer Program–Online

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5 Week ODP 11-2015   I have been running this class now for over a year and the demand has grown. I am happy to say that this class will be the first for us to use a Learning Management System, Blackboard, to deliver our next offering in November. This will allow the student easier […]

Location, Location, Location!

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With all of the debate about exterior versus interior, I wanted to share a video that I use in many of the tactical classes that I teach and offer a few observations.  First, this is a video that is used for learning, not to critique the methods or tactics that were or were not deployed […]

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