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Bullying, Harassment and the Leader’s Responsibility

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Most everyone in the Fire Service is aware of the tragic chain of events recently in the Fairfax VA, Fire Department. A young female Firefighter missing, then found dead of apparent suicide amid rumors and allegations of misbehavior among colleagues, cyber bullying and harassment. An internet chat site with cruel and devastating remarks and personal […]

We the Fire Service…

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We the Fire Service… We the Fire Service have a debt of gratitude. One generation shall praise your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. I know that as a fire service member I have a large debt of gratitude to many people who have paved the way for me and others like […]

Inaugural Chief Dan and Coach Kelly Column

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Hello theFireOfficer.com readers and followers! This is a new addition to the website that will focus on the leadership skills, knowledge and abilities that every fire officer; old or new, experienced or rookie, company officer or chief officer must have to be successful. This column will appear with some regularity and will share with you […]

Shaping the Future “Creating Leaders in our Youth” Part III

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Knowledge is PowerÂ… Share It !!! This statement is often used by many including myself. So what does it truly mean? It means that you will freely give of your knowledge and wisdom to others withholding nothing. It never fails, I will see a leader of an organization trying to hold information and knowledge from […]

Shaping the Future “Creating Leaders in our Youth” Part II

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In Doug Cline’s previous posting: Shaping the Future “Creating Leaders in our Youth”  Part I he ended the with a question, “So officers are you shaping the fire serviceÂ’s future?” Here’s his latest installment. I hope this prompted fire officers to intra-inspect themselves to see if they were shaping the fire serviceÂ’s future. I further hope this generated […]

Learn as if you were to live forever: Live as if you were to die tomorrow

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A few years ago I posted an article on The CompanyOfficer.com (now TheFireOfficer.com) entitled: Your Capabilities and Future Success. It was about the legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden. Coach Wooden passed away at the age of 99 on June 4, 2010, but his legacy has extended well beyond. Aside from his extraordinary career accomplishments on […]

Leadership, Purpose, Service and Reason

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The names and placed change; but the meaning and message behind these words resonate with the traditions, values and virtues of the Fire Service

Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership

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1. People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway!
2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway!
3. If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway!

Concord H S Fire Academy: A Model for Training the Future Fire Service

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As one walks up to the door of the Concord High School Fire Academy, you can tell that this is going to be a mind opening experience. The sign on the door speaks volumes; “Through these Doors Walks the Future of the American Fire Service”. Upon your knock, the Watch Commander rises to answer the […]

Often Attitude is the Only Difference between Success and Failure

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Most of our personnel have strong predicated skills, abilities and knowledge. So what puts the people excelling in front of the others? Most times that small difference is attitude.

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