Archive for January2010

@RuntotheCurb: I remember my first time…

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I hung around after drill and talked with two good friends, Dave and Jack. Jack has been a volunteer firefighter on and off over the last 20 years, and with a few different departments. All three of us are within a few years of each other in age but Dave is a probie, and we remind him of that constantly. In fact, we have a pet name for him that I won’t put in writing.

He just joined the department in the last year as a result of the peer pressure we amply applied. The Probie’s gear rack is positioned smack-dab between Jack’s and mine, so we can keep a close eye on him and hopefully keep his rookie blunders to a minimum.

Dave started asking questions about the scenes depicted in some of the photos that hang on the wall outside of our training room.

@RttC: Remember as a Kid…

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The title of this discussion on FirefighterNation.com really caught my attention as I remember a lot of things as a kid — and many of them are related to the fire service. This particular discussion revolves around the author’s childhood memories of hearing the fire siren sounding  and then tuning to a particular AM station on […]

Two years gone by now

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There’s a lot of talk these days about what we’re missing in the fire service. And with all this discussion of leadership, of mentorship, sharing, caring and passing down values, traditions and the rich heritage of firefighters, Ithought it appropriate to revisit a very personal blog I wrote two years ago today, January 22, 2010. When we talk […]

@FireRECRUITER: Who can afford to volunteer?

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Who Can Afford to Volunteer? That’s the question asked by Don Grogg, a commissioner for Harris County Emergency Service District No. 9 in Texas in this article titled: “Suburban Fire Districts Sound the Alarm” in the Houston Chronicle. While I understand that they have somewhat unique staffing and support challenges, when you ask it like […]

Tiger’s Weekly Twitter Updates for 2010-01-10

Working the "Chills" game at Ralph Wilson Stadium today. I suspect Emergency Services will be busy today. # Adopt a New Attitude for the New Year: http://tinyurl.com/yjk69el #

@FireRECRUITER: 10 Step Guide to Volunteering

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I feel that overall, the guide offers valuable insight into the world of volunteer firefighting and any effort to draw attention to the opportunities available to serve your community — are good efforts.

The guide outlines 10 individual tips for preparing to join our ranks.

Tiger’s Weekly Twitter Updates for 2010-01-03

Still in the 100 pct. Call Club for 2010. The list is dwindling already. # @SPFDChief Chief – Unrelated, I'm looking for your fire academy blog you wrote a few months back. Please point me in the right direction. in reply to SPFDChief # RT @firedaily With Friends Like These….. http://bit.ly/7fA8kV # @SPFDChief Chief – […]

Fire Chief Blogs His Way Through Fire Academy Experience

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Not only is he hanging it out on the line for all of his firefighters to see if he’s got the right stuff to be considered one of their own, but he’s exposing his fire academy laundry for the public to see through his blog. Both take a lot of guts for a 50-year old fire chief and I give him a lot of credit.

It’s good reading and contains fire service and life lessons for all of us. Check out “On Scene with Car 1.” See for yourself.