Firehouse Insomnia

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NEW Fire/Rescue Magazine illustration: Firehouse Insomnia
 
STAY FIRED UP!
 
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INCOMPLETE PASS

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It is fourth and goal with the game clock tick, tick, ticking away. The success or failure of your next play will bring your team victorious glory or public disgrace (and these days, social media shaming). You take your positions, the ball is snapped, you run your route awaiting a precise throw from the quarterback, the ball is released and it’s coming your way, you reach out your hands and…
Football players practice endless hours on plays that can be executed to precision in key moments of every game, and every member of the the team must know their assignments for the play to be successful. Much the same can be said for fire ground operations – we must train on the every aspect of our game plan so when the time comes to run the plays, everybody knows their position and assignments. We stretch endless lines. We deploy various ground ladders. We relentlessly sharpen our search and rescue skills. We study street maps and hydrant locations so we can efficiently respond when seconds count. Why? Because we don’t always get four downs to make progress. In many cases, it’s a one-shot play – win or go home empty handed with heads held low. We train, because lives and property depend on us flawlessly knowing our game plan.
How will your game end? Will you triumphantly catch the ball or will it fall woefully incomplete?
STAY FIRE UP!

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THE CONDUCTOR

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A fire department is much more than trucks, hoses on a rack, and year-end budgets, it’s a labyrinth of personalities that all have their own motivation, capabilities, and temperaments. We train newly promoted officers on tactics, codes, and procedures, but rarely on how to deal with people – we need to rethink this policy. If people are our #1 resource, then how to manage this resource must be our #1 priority.

There are so many great books, classes, and seminars – you don’t have to look very far to gain more knowledge and enrich your experience as a leader, and uplift the people under you so they may exceed far beyond expectations. After all, it’s about them.

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REFLECTIVE PERSPECTIVE

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Where will you be a year from now? Is there something in your life that needs to be improved? How many of us reflect back on 2015 and wish we would have started a change in January? I know I do! So, will we be asking ourselves this same question in 2017, or will we actually put thought and desire into motion. Eat healthier, lift more, work longer without getting tired, sleep more restfully… the reasons are as diverse as we are a fire service.

Whatever your personal goals may be, put them into action – see yourself succeeding and hitting your target. If “would have, should have, could have, and if only,” were a power source we could solve the world’s energy problems. Stick to your goals and let’s make 2016 a productive one!

STAY FIRED UP!

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