May Fire Engineering magazine editorial cartoon: Mental Readiness.

We all bring our personal issues to the firehouse from time to time – that’s being human. But when it’s a constant distraction and interfering with day to day, safety, or tactical considerations then you’ve got a problem. Try to leave home at home, and the firehouse at the firehouse.

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LE-Print-Doc-1Want to donate to a great cause and help our wounded U.S. Warriors? Then please consider a donation to the Wyakin Warriors​ Foundation! I have been associated with this organization for the past two years, and will be volunteering my time and talents again this year during the Guardian Ball held in Boise, ID.

This is a remarkable program and well worth our support. Any amount you can give will be greatly appreciated and put to extraordinary use ($10. minimum).


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Here is a great blog post by my USO brother Jeff Bacon​ highlighting the relationship between cartoonists and the Wyakin Warrior program.



Looks-Are-Not-DeceivingWhat it looks like is typically what it is! NEVER stop learning and educating yourself!

Chief Frank Viscuso’s book Step Up and Lead is by far one of the best leadership books I’ve had the privilege of reading (twice). So much so, that I’ve asked him to collaborate with me on a project where I will take his LEADERS TEACH acronym and explore each topic as an editorial cartoon. In the coming months, L-Loyalty, E-Education, A-Adaptability, D-Determination, E-Enthusiasm, R-Reliability, S-Selfless, T-Tough, E-Empathetic, A-Assertive, C-Courageous, H-Honorable, will be represented visually and shared here on my Fire Engineer blog along with Chief Viscuso’s insight.

From DC Frank Viscuso:  EDUCATE

Definition: Being educated means that you continue to acquire the appropriate information from reliable sources, and that you understand your fire ground duties; the policies and procedures of your department; and the science of firefighting. Your education should be broad, and you should NEVER stop trying to improve your knowledge base. The day you think you know too much, is the day you should consider retiring.

Suggestions for Improvement: Increase your knowledge by committing to continual learning and remaining alert. Constantly listen, observe, and learn about things you don’t understand. Read fire service text books, attend educational seminars, talk to street-smart firefighters, and ask questions. There is an endless supply of knowledge available. You just have to seek it.

* This illustration is part of the LEADERS TEACH series featured in Chapter two of the book ‘Step Up and Lead’ by Frank Viscuso. Leaders Teach is an acronym designed to help firefighters remember the top traits associated with leadership in the fire service. For more information visit .
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