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Everyone Goes Home-Will your family be there?

Everyone Goes Home-Will your family be there?

Everyone Goes Home-Will your family be there? The fire service is an occupation like none other. It is one of brotherhood, sacrifice, and courage. It is a second family that we are grafted into the day we become a firefighter. As a firefighter we work many hours acquiring our necessary certifications, degrees, and work hard to maintain a level of combat readiness mentally and physically. A firefighter who is truly passionate about their calling possesses the ability to influence, change, […]

by · June 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Daily Roll Call
Leadership- Struggling with the one

Leadership- Struggling with the one

Have you ever struggled with someone? Change happens slow… Have you ever given of yourself, prayed earnestly, encouraged them and sacrificed for their benefit but they seemed to ignore or disregard all of your efforts? How did this make you feel? Disrespected? Hurt? Bitter? Did you give up on them? Stop for a moment and think back to a time in our own life when we were headed down the wrong path. Did anyone try to stop us? Did anyone […]

by · June 26, 2014 · 0 comments · Daily Roll Call
#Brotherhood-Never Off Duty!

#Brotherhood-Never Off Duty!

Consider this scenario: You are about to sit down for a well-earned rest after a long shift at the station. You have very little free time and have been looking forward to this moment. Then the phone rings… It is a fellow firefighter that you have been counseling. He is in trouble, and wants to talk to you. You hesitate at first but then you remember all of the times that someone stopped along the way to help you. You […]

by · June 24, 2014 · 0 comments · Daily Roll Call
Practicing a Daily Size-up

Practicing a Daily Size-up

As Firefighters, we transmit a size-up at every incident. When we face down the difficulties of life let us do the same through Prayer. 1 Kings 8:28 Yet give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy, Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day. As firefighters call for resources, the Incident Commander responds with resources ready to help. As we call upon God with our requests, […]

by · June 22, 2014 · 0 comments · Daily Roll Call
#Firefighters Do not grow weary!

#Firefighters Do not grow weary!

#Firefighters -Do not grow weary! “So take a new grip with your tired hands, stand firm on your shaky legs, and mark out a straight, smooth path for your feet so that those who follow you, though weak and lame, will not fall and hurt themselves but become strong.” (Hebrews 12: 12) Those that have been in the fire service a few years understand the weariness that can easily overtake a firefighter’s heart. This year, we have already lost too […]

by · June 20, 2014 · 0 comments · Daily Roll Call
Surviving the Fire Service- A Few Points to Remember

Surviving the Fire Service- A Few Points to Remember

Surviving the Fire Service-a fire service adaptation of Rumsfield’s Rules Attached is a few short points for us all to remember. Let’s start at the beginning of our fire service journey: 1) An honest self assessment: We must ask ourselves-Is it the right job for us? We shouldn’t accept the job or stay in unless we have an understanding that this job requires humility, courage, and self-sacrifice. Always under promise and over deliver. We will always be expected to give […]

by · June 19, 2014 · 0 comments · Daily Encouragement
The Be-Attitudes of Brotherhood #2

The Be-Attitudes of Brotherhood #2

The Be-attitudes of Brotherhood By Brother Stone Be attitude #2 Be selfless- This is probably the most important mark of true brother. It is the very essense of being a firefighter. We willingly place ourselves in danger to help complete strangers. How much more should we do for those we live and work with? Every great firefighter and leader lives by this trait. We should strive to suppress our own desires for self advancement and TRAIN ourselves to think of […]

by · June 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Daily Roll Call
The Be-Attitudes of Brotherhood #1

The Be-Attitudes of Brotherhood #1

The “Be-attitudes” of #Brotherhood By Brother Stone The “be-attitudes” are a list of attitudes that define what brotherhood is all about. The be-attitudes are inspired by and loosely based on the biblical principles, along with a few other character traits that define the American Firefighter in the public eye. Be-attitude #1: Be honest. ‘And my honesty will testify for me in the future’ Genesis 30:33 “Honesty is the best policy” right? Yes indeed it is. When you are honest in […]

by · June 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Daily Roll Call
Impending Flashover

Impending Flashover

As firefighters, we are trained to recognize the signs of an impending flashover. Rapidly increasing temperatures, a non-tenable environment, thick turbulent smoke and then it happens… Consider the imagery. A firefighter under significant stress begins to rapidly change their behavior, they become difficult to be around or remove themselves from any form of camaraderie, and any attempt to go near them is met with turbulent angry behavior. This is a warning. This individual is lashing out at you not because […]

by · June 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Daily Encouragement
Brotherhood-A Re-introduction:

Brotherhood-A Re-introduction:

A Re-Introduction: Let us begin… There once was a noble profession known as firefighting and then those who loved it most fought for it the least. Their once unstoppable passion for the calling was replaced with the search for fame, recognition, and authority. Division replaced unity, bitterness replaced brotherhood, the calling became a career, and firefighters became employees. All the while politics and policy makers saw this as an opportunity to continue to divide us. For if we are divided […]

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