Earlier this month Driver Engineer Tim Monahan a retired member from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue lost his battle with cancer. Tim was a good friend, and an excellent firefighter. All who had the privilege to know and work with Tim feel this loss.
Tim was not only a excellent firefighter, but he also was an instructor for Minimum Standards for Firefighter. Tim imparted a wealth of knowledge, skills and abilities to hundreds of firefighters he trained. His legacy will not only be of being a firefighter, but his legacy will be in the knowledge of firefighting he gave to his students by making them safer, well training brother firefighters.
Tim-it was an honor to know and work with you-Rest in Peace brother.
When a new Fire Chief is sworn in, the buzz around the fire station is what he/she is going to change. If the new Chief is coming from outside the organization the rumor and questions increase exponentially. So as the new Chief are you a change agent; do you understand the organizational implication of change?
Company Officer’s throughout our nation are continually looking for ways to provide company level training that is current, interesting and innovative. Essentially they (the Company Officer) are making every day a training day. This positive approach to training develops well trained and engaged firefighters. The firefighter can develop a higher level of situational awareness and can operate in a more systematic way providing the highest level of service to the citizens.
Example of a hopemade multi-purpose tool
Throughout my career I have always been amazed in the “stuff” that firefighter carry in the pockets of their bunker gear. I have seen everything from a complete set of screw driver, to a metric size tool kit. I remember one firefighter had what appeared to be an entire tool box in his coat.
Earning the fifth bugle is a great accomplishment for a fire service professional. Now as the Chief, you are the final decision maker, the buck stops at your desk.
In 2005 I published the article below titled “Pandemic: Are We Prepared?” With the current situation in China and other area our our world, I decided to post it here.
What is a pandemic? Webster’s Dictionary defines the word pandemic as an epidemic over a wide geographic area, affecting a large proportion of the populations. And our history shows there have been several pandemics that devastated millions of people throughout the world.