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Answering the Call

Answering the Call

As one soldiers on in sharing the love of Christ with others in the fire service there is a consistent theme in all humanity that we encounter. It is the encounter of the wounded and broken soul who has built walls around their heart in defense of the hurt in this world. Their eyes seem to cry out the Psalmist words “My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, but I find no rest.” Psalm 22:2 […]

A Heart of Stone

A Heart of Stone

A Heart of Stone The world that we live in can often cause us to grow calloused and cold. We see so much violence and hatred that we become conditioned to it. Terrible things no longer shock us or impact us and as firefighters we treat the dilemmas of our own lives with a ‘tactical-practical’ mentality. There lies an inherent danger of becoming removed from ourselves. Before long, we wonder if we can even feel anything at all. In an […]

Firefighters Values: A History Lesson

Firefighters Values: A History Lesson

Many of us look upon our symbols in the fire service today without much thought. But, did you know that the Maltese Cross is based upon the eight points of the Be-Attitudes from Jesus’s sermon on the mount found in the Gospel of Matthew? In the world today, many argue for the removal of God or any Faith based traditions. Perhaps we would all be wise to revisit our history as firefighters. Let us take a walk down memory lane […]

by · November 14, 2014 · 1 comment · Daily Encouragement, Daily Roll Call
How to change the fire service-One word at a time

How to change the fire service-One word at a time

How to change the fire service-One word at a time: There are few professions that ask as much of an individual as the fire service. There are few places where one’s passion can be displayed through servant hood. However, in the faces of all that serve our reflections are often false representations of the commitment we have made. It is not in our service to our fellow citizens that we have failed but in our words with one another.  In […]

#Firefighter Foundation’s

#Firefighter Foundation’s

The foundation of a house is the most important part. Without a proper foundation the house will collapse. Your future, your family’s future, and the future of the fire service are dependent on building upon a solid foundation. Ask yourself these questions: What foundation is currently being laid for the future houses of fire service leadership? Or are they building without a foundation at all? What principles, morals, and values do they hold fast to? “But the one, who has […]

Planning Section Chief

Planning Section Chief

“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed” Proverbs During the course of an incident, as it begins to progress in size and complexity the planning section is established. This member is responsible for collecting, evaluating, and disseminating information about the development of the incident. While the ‘fires’ of our lives are being fought, we must also be simultaneously: taking care of our family and their needs, pay the bills, buy and prepare meals, and complete […]

The Be-attitudes of Brotherhood: #4. Be enthusiastic- BE into the job.

The Be-attitudes of Brotherhood: #4. Be enthusiastic- BE into the job.

By Brother Stone: Be-Attitude #4 Be-Enthusiastic! In the previous three Be-Attitudes we have been building on what characteristics or attitudes are found in one who practices true brotherhood. Be-Attitude #4 is a defining characteristic of one who is a firefighter versus one who is an employee. It is about being into the job; or simply stated “It is one who is genuinely sincere, passionate, and authentic about their calling. We must find what it is that excites us and pursue […]

Available? The value of Divine Appointments:

Available? The value of Divine Appointments:

Have you ever been interrupted? Have you ever thought “I just don’t have time for this right now?” Has someone called, showed up, or caused a change in your schedule because of their urgent need? As firefighters, we stop what we are doing to answer the call of “an unscheduled appointment.” Yet when our loved ones interrupt us we seem to forget that we are still servants to our fellow man: on and off duty. Consider this: Most of the […]

Facing Hard Times? Help is on the way!

Facing Hard Times? Help is on the way!

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character, and character hope. “ Romans 5:3 How do we glory in our sufferings? Not many of us look at the problems of life as something to be happy about. As firefighters, we solve problems for others but respond differently when they affect us. Why is this? As a firefighter, we understand this concept better than we would like to admit. We […]

Spotlight on Brotherhood: Share the Load Program

Spotlight on Brotherhood: Share the Load Program

Share The Load Program: Featuring Mark Lamplugh Jr. from 360 Wellness & The National Volunteer Council’s Share The Load program As first responders, we face continual exposure to stress throughout our careers. It is well known that first responders have a higher rate of heart attacks, stress related disorders (PTSD, anxiety & depression, and other unhealthy coping mechanisms), and those that answer the call for help seldom make the call when they face down the ‘fires’ of their lives. Firefighters […]

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