By Definition

REMEMBER:NOT ABOUT US-BELL

“It’s not about us.

It’s about those we serve: Our neighbors and our friends.

It’s about those we serve with: Our brother and sister firefighters, and partners in public safety.

It’s about those who allow us to serve: Our predecessors. Our leaders. And our families.”

– Tiger Schmittendorf

 

TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE:

“Treat every public interaction as a public service, public education, public relations and recruitment opportunity.”

– Tiger Schmittendorf – FireRECRUITER.com

CHANGE YOUR OUTLOOK:

OUTLOOK-OUTCOME5“There are certain aspects of our lives that are truly out of our control. Of those parts we can control, the outcomes are largely dependent on our our perspective and our attitude: Our OUTLOOK.

Do you view each challenge as an Obstacle, merely an Obligation, or as a true Opportunity for positive change?

Change or Don’t – I don’t really care. But change or don’t … be surprised by the Outcomes!”

– Tiger Schmittendorf

GET BELTED:

“Sit down and buckle up or you’re going to get belted. Don’t make me tell you again.”

BE A REAL FIRE SERVICE LEADER AND INSIST THAT EVERYONE IS SEATED AND BELTED BEFORE THE APPARATUS MOVES.

EVERY FIREFIGHTER.
EVERY TIME.

– Tiger Schmittendorf – Stay safe. Train often.

TOP OF THE LADDER:

“It’s rarely easy and often painful to take the high road, but in the end: You can’t beat the view!” – Tiger Schmittendorf

TRAIN YOUR REPLACEMENT:

“I decided some time ago that, to a certain extent, this is already not my fire service.

I had a choice to make. I could let it slip away – or I could share it willingly, freely and openly.

The choice is yours. Train your replacement.”

– Tiger Schmittendorf – TrainYourReplacement.com

WHO IS IN YOUR HELMETWHO IS IN YOUR HELMET?

“Firefighters don’t make sacrifices.

The ones making the real sacrifices are the ones who don’t leave the dinner table, who don’t get up in the middle of the night – but the ones who are left behind every time the alarm sounds, offering us another opportunity to go do what we love.

We have an obligation to be the best trained, to make smart decisions, to do the right things that are going to keep us safe so that we can go home to them after every call, every shift.”

– Tiger Schmittendorf

STAY SAFE. TRAIN OFTEN.

“There are no training requirements – only training needs. The training we need to do our jobs and keep ourselves and those we serve alive!”

– Tiger Schmittendorf – TrainYourReplacement.com

WE ARE IN THE PEOPLE BUSINESS:

“If we agree that 95% of the fires we fight are in the firehouse – not on the fireground, then riddle me this:

Why is it that we invest all of our time, energy and especially our money in the exact opposite proportion on all the things we know are 100% useless without the proper quantity and quality of people to make them work?

Everything we do is for and with people. People are our most important asset. Treat them accordingly.”

– Tiger Schmittendorf – From the Xbox to the Box Alarm

No Guarantees1NO GUARANTEES:

“We are not guaranteed of much in this business, but one thing we are guaranteed of – is the opportunity to encounter someone every single day who is having a much worse day than we are.

Maintain your perspective. Treat them accordingly.” – Tiger Schmittendorf

MORE THAN JUST BRICK AND MORTAR:

“To the Community it’s a Firehall.

To the Municipality it’s a Fire Station.

To the Firefighters who will spend their lives there with their second family, serving their Community and their Municipality – it’s a Firehouse!”

– Tiger Schmittendorf: Testimony that moved a town and village in Western NY to approve a new firehouse for their volunteer fire department – 2013

LISTEN UP:

“Everything you say, do, wear and post – reflects on you as an individual, your fire department and the fire service at large! (and on me too.)

Act accordingly!” 

– Tiger Schmittendorf – TrainYourReplacement.com

TWO CORE MISSIONS1MISSION CONTROL:

“At its core, the fire service has two primary missions

  1. To give the people we serve the PEACE OF MIND that we have made the right investments in our people and resources.
  2. When called into action, if we bring nothing else – we will bring CALM to CHAOS!

If we succeed at both – things get better for everyone.

If we fail at either – we have no business being there.”

– Tiger Schmittendorf

CANCER SUCKS:

“Save Your Balls | WEAR YOUR MASK!” – Firefighters are twice as likely to contract testicular cancer than the general population.

Click FFCancer.org to learn more.

Save the Girls 11x8“Save the Girls | CLEAN THAT DIRTY GEAR ON YOUR RACK!” – After a fire, your gear is full of carcinogens that may not kill you today, tomorrow, or even the next day. They’ll just linger. Until they die off. 

Click FFCancer.org to learn more.

– Tiger Schmittendorf
(In support of the International Firefighter Cancer Foundation and the Believe271 Project)

From the Xbox to the Box Alarm:

“Harsh Reality: There is no alternate generation hanging out in a parallel universe waiting to swoop down and save the fire service.

They’re it. They’re here now. And they have many of the answers as to how to connect with them.

We need to get on with the business of training our replacements.” 

– Tiger Schmittendorf – FireRECRUITER.com

BROTHERHOOD – Here are my definitions of brotherhood in the fire service:

BROTHERHOOD-COREL“It doesn’t matter that we wear different patches on our left sleeve. What’s important is that we wear the same patch on our right sleeve. The red, white and blue one – the one with the stars and stripes on it.

That’s what brings us together and keeps us together. No one can ever take that away from us.

The fire service is what’s right about America.”

– Tiger Schmittendorf – February 25, 2005

“Brotherhood = Loyalty = Trust.

If I can’t trust you with my back in the firehouse, how can I ever trust you with my life on the fireground?

Brotherhood equal loyalty. Loyalty equals trust.”

– Tiger Schmittendorf

SURVIVAL AND SUCCESS:

“Simply put, it’s my belief that the survival and success of the volunteer fire service relies on our ability to create more opportunities – for more people – to volunteer less time.

Our success depends on our ability to effectively plan for, lead and manage people; whether you don’t have enough – or you have more than you can handle.

The possibilities for their involvement are only limited by our imaginations.”
– Tiger Schmittendorf
A New Pyramid Scheme for Your Volunteer Fire Department

DO’S AND DON’TS:

“There are only two types of volunteer fire departments. Those who have a recruitment problem – and those who don’t have a recruitment problem yet.”
– Tiger Schmittendorf

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“Do what you do best. Outsource the rest.”
– Tiger Schmittendorf – Mutual Aid for Marketing Your Fire Department

MOVE TO THE RIGHT FOR SIRENS & LIGHTS:

“Traffic control is the job we do most often – and the most dangerous job we do. We must address our training and roadway practices accordingly.”
-Tiger Schmittendorf – Author of “Incident Management in the Fast Lane” Presentation for First Responders

THINK ABOUT IT:

“If you have more outriggers on your truck than you have firefighters in the seats – you might have a recruitment problem.”
– Tiger Schmittendorf – Just the other day…

 

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