Reviewing the Waldbaum Fire & Collapse

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            You will not want to miss this opportunity to learn vicariously about a history making fire.  Join Doug Cline, Chris Naum and Joe Pronesti as they have special Guest Chief Vinny Dunn and Jerry Tracy on “Taking it To the Streets” as we take multi-demnsional look at this incident […]

Fire and Training on FE Talk Radio

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Join me on Wednesday evening 7/22/15 at 7:30pm for the next edition of Fire and Training on Fire Engineering Talk Radio. Joining me will be colleagues Chris Naum and Joe Pronesti as we explore Training and Operations for Today’s Main Street fires. The discussions will include building construction, renovations or lack thereof, structural stability, re-appropriated […]

Two Dates and a Dash in the Middle…What are you going to do with the “Dash?”

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   Two dates and a dash in the middle…that equates to your day of birth, your life and your day of death. The middle component is symbolized by a dash (-). So what does that dash mean? Well let’s be honest it divides the dates on the gravestone and it is symbolic of your time […]

Mentoring Moment – Defining Moments

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Over the years it has become evident to me that the way leaders handle opportunities and crises defines them.  I have had many defining moments over my career.  Many of which were when I was in key leadership positions.  One particular moment that is boldly etched in my mind was when I was aspiring to […]

Mentoring Moment on Communications

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Communication always seems to be a root topic when it comes to leadership.  Whether it is lack of communications, no communications, over communicating or having tough communications the situation exists that communications is a critical factor.  When you are mentoring an individual you periodically need to have very forward and frank conversations with the individual […]

Leadership Excellence

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Leadership traits are important as you begin your role in Leadership from the company officer level to the chief level.  Chief Rick Lasky and Chief John Salka presenting these traits at the South Carolina Fire Chiefs and Firefighters combined Convention in Myrtle Beach.   Here re is the challenge for you as an officer or […]

The Inaugural Mentor Moment

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As a fire and emergency services leader it is your responsibility to be a mentor.  In an effort to enhance the mentoring of fire officers we are launching this new on going series called “Mentor Moment”. As a leader you are obligated to being a mentor.  As a leadership mentor, it is your responsibility to […]

National Professional Development Symposium (NPDS)

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The National Professional Development Symposium (NPDS) dates are set for June 10-12, 2015 at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The symposium offers a range of topics and expertise in fire and emergency services career development for stakeholders, practitioners and educators. The NPDS also serves as a continuing education component by offering […]

The Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership

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It’s always good to remember what we were taught by our mentors, learned valuable lessons from experiences and hopefully we are passing those components on to the next generation. Listed below are The Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership, which I was raised on during my early years in the fire service. These commandments are right on, […]

The Professional Development of a Company Officer

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The Company officer is, a position that involves more diversity than the majority of positions in our society today.  With that being said, the requirement for predicated knowledge, skills and abilities is extremely diverse.  The most obvious one is the need to understand the emergency response skills required to mitigate the situations faced and to […]

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