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Fire Service Mentor

Part 1

This will be the first post of a series of mentoring programs that a Fire Chief can establish within his/her fire department.  It must be understood that every firefighter is a mentor.  For example, probationary firefighters rely on the senior man to impart his knowledge of “the job”.   Likewise company officers need to mentor the senior members; chief officers mentor junior officers all the way up the ladder.

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How to Foster Change-The Change Agent

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?

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What’s In Your Pocket

Example of a hopemade multi-purpose tool

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.

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New Fire Chief? New Advice

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.

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Pandemic: Are We Prepared?

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.

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Leadership: Positive Internal Communications

To be an effective Chief Officer you must be visible and applicable to the members of the department (this post deals with internal communications only).  I use the phrase “Management by Walking Around” what this means is the Chief Officer need to interact with internal stakeholders of the department.  There are many ways to accomplish this simple but important task.

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