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The only one who understands the amount of pressure and responsibility that a fire chief has is another fire chief. But imagine getting the phone call that one of your members has a substance abuse issue, hasn’t reported for duty, attempted suicide, or they actually completed the attempt. The role of the fire chief in creating a behavioral health p
One thing is for sure, the badge doesn’t come with instructions when you get promoted. The role of the Company Officer has evolved greatly over the last 10-15 years. The amount of responsibility seems to grow each day. And on of the toughest parts of being a company officer is navigating through personnel issues and when it involves behavioral heal
When I was a kid I was enamored with the sight of a fire truck. I loved seeing those big red trucks go by, more or less like most kids. But unlike most kids that feeling never went away and at 33 years of age I still get excited when I see those trucks even though riding in them is now part of my job description. During the last 17 years, I have be
Sidney Lucas, ABH2 (AW) USN When I was 17 I made the decision to join the United States Navy, needless to say my mother’s reaction was that of a typical mother who doesn’t want her child to leave home. For several months, she refused to even talk about it but I wouldn’t let it go. Eventually she came around and we took that drive to the recruiting
Simon Sinek has written books and toured the country on a simple concept; that people do not buy what you do but why you do it. In his Ted Talk, he points to Steve Jobs and asks the question, “Why is Apple so innovative year after year?” Simon argues, “If Apple were like everyone else,” they would say, “We make great computers, they’re beautifully
There’s an epidemic in the fire service and this one doesn’t involve cancer, fitness, or behavioral health. It involves leadership. The evidence of this is seen at almost every conference as leadership classes fill the schedules. And since the explosion of social media, one doesn’t have to look too hard to find a page or site where firefighters are
It’s amazing what our kids can teach us if only we let them. My son is in his first year of machine pitch baseball and just a few weeks ago, he saw the machine for the first time. Now, after t-ball ended we signed him up for the local travel team and he spent the fall and winter practicing coach pitch. So, the idea of the ball heading towards him w
In 2004, over 200 fire chiefs and other fire service leaders met in what is now known as the “Tampa Summit” or “Tampa 1” for the purpose of reducing senseless line of duty deaths. The result of this meeting was the creating of the 16 Life Safety Initiatives (LSI) and the 1st initiative was outlined as “define and advocate the need for a cultural ch
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