The #1 Mentoring Mistake Every Firefighter Must Avoid

I overheard two conversations this week that were both the number one big mistakes that I see firefighters make when it comes to mentoring. Both these guys were getting frustrated. They weren’t getting the results that they wanted. The first ones was a guy that was complaining about the experience level of his immediate supervisor.…

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Morale: Who’s Responsibility?

So I figured we started off with something that seems to be a hot topic no matter where you are at or what rank you are in the fire service. And that’s morale. Whose responsibility is it? If you ask the guys on the floor they’re going to tell you it’s, it’s admin. Right? If…

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Angry Keyboard Commandos

Yesterday, I was on the Fire Engineering Facebook Page and I came across my blog post from earlier this week: The blog post was based on the Live Video I did this past week in our Facebook Group. Remember “School Yard Bully” The point of the post was to talk about the challenges we face…

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Schoolyard Bully

Odds are at One point in time you’ve experienced encountering a bully by now. My nephew had been dealing with a bully in school and of course he followed what he was told and went to the teacher. Surprise nothing really ever happened with it unfortunately. It got to the point where he had to…

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Week In Review 1720: Surprising Life Lesson From Blue Bloods

Earlier today I was watching Blue Bloods as I was feeding my son Liam. I just started the show, so I’m on the first season. One of the most interesting scenes is where Tom Selleck’s Character mentions that there is no opportunity without risk. That’s really a lot like how we all act in the…

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Week in Review 1719

Well Christmas is right around the corner. Are you ready? I’ll be ordering some sweat pants just so I can enjoy the feasts that will be served. You may or may not know, but i’ve been off work on FMLA since the birth of my son in October. I just got off the phone with…

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Becoming A Better Version Of Yourself

Hello brotherhood coaching. Now you have to answer some questions before you’re approved to join. There are three questions that I ask you to get a better idea of what you want out of the group to give me a better idea of what to give to everyone so we all can keep progressing. I…

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Week in Review 1718

This week was a little different from normal. After the previous weeks poll on the biggest issue that you are having, I put together a five part mini series on treating toxic teammates. How did you like it? Each post is lengthy so I’ll just include parts of them and give you the link to…

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Treating Toxic Teammates (5 of 5)

5.Lack of self pride/ station pride =========================== Well lets first ask ourselves “where does pride come from?” Do you have pride? Why? I can tell you that I have pride. I have pride because I enjoy what I do. I enjoy what I do, because i’m good at it. Pride comes from confidence. Confidence comes…

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Treating Toxic Teammates (4 of 5)

4.Lack of professionalism . AKA not knowing equipment on the truck. Not knowing how much hose we carry or what our nozzles are rated at.etc ========================================== uh oh…. I have a confession to make. When I first promoted to Engineer. I thought I was good. I knew where all the equipment was and could get…

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