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FDIC2018: The 7 C’s

Monday, April 23, 2018, 1:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.

Whether in a large department or a small, we all experience the same issues around officer development.   This  workshop draws on several disciplines to aid participants in identifying the key characteristics of successful officers and managers. Through discussion and activities, the participants will be introduced to seven  traits  critical to professional growth. Among the issues covered will be barriers that hinder cultural change, transforming from firefighter to fire officer and shaping the future.

(Pictured below is the first crew under my command as an assigned officer.  They taught me more than I could ever learn from a book – Thanx Terence , Al, Flo and Mike)

JCFD Engine Company 9
Course Description:

Through the use of dialogue we will share the traits that are commonly associated with good officers and successful leaders. Drawing on elements of the National Fire Academy course, ” Shaping the Future”, participants will exchange ideas and insight for the past, current and future Fire and Emergency Services Culture. We will identify the elements of change in a non-judgmental way.

Course Objectives:
  • Define the seven areas for exploration and discussion.
  • Utilize dialogue and written exercises to identify key terms.
  • Discover your “Command Presence”
  • Discuss barriers that hinder cultural change.
  • Identify resources to aid in transformation from Fire Fighter to Fire Officer.
  • Identify unique issues and operations in the Fire Service Culture.
  • Discuss common business and management cultural principles.

Hope you can make it out and join me.  The best lessons are always shared.  Stay safe!

FDIC 2018 The 7 C’s of Fire Officer Trust

www.fdic.com

Women Leading the Way in Service

From military service to public service, women have led the way. In this segment, a window into the life of Virginia Hall, the Maryland woman who helped the U.S. win World War II. And, we talk to some of the first women to join the ranks of the Baltimore City Fire Department.

FDIC2016: Kaizen & the 7 C’s

How do you improve on improvement? How do you make improvement part of an on-going process? This short clip is a session wrap up. It concludes with the theory of “Kaizen”; small incremental changes towards the greater good. Utilizing input from all areas.

‪#‎FDIC2016‬ Only 3 days before the largest Firefighter Conference in the world. (Over 30,000 FF’s and Instructors)

I hope you can attend but also hope you find time to stop by my workshop on Leadership. My session is April 19, 2016, 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Room 134-135 on the main floor. ‪#‎fireofficertrust‬

Unlocking the Chief…

Being Chief has nothing to do with your title. It has everything to do with your choices—those that bring out your best and the best in people around you. Anyone can be Chief.

Rick Miller is a confidant, author, and speaker who can help you unlock your potential and the potential of everyone in your organization. He has a track record of working with Chiefs of all levels doing just that.

Rick Miller describes how Chief titles are widely used today for people with power, but don’t accurately reflect what it means to be a Real Chief. Rick asserts that Being Chief is about making a choice rather than gaining a title. Learn how to unlock your power and be a Real Chief. www.BEINGCHIEF.com

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Great message by Rick Miller who gets it.  One of my firefighters sent this link to me and said that it reminded her of me, in some ways.  I am honored and wanted to share this link with others.  So many people have the title Chief and that’s all that they have.

I hope that I embody and represent some of the traits that Rick speaks of.

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The Fire Smoke Coalition

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I joined the Fire Smoke Coalition years ago.  It was not until I got their information at FDIC (www.fdic.com) and reviewed it that I found a wealth of resources that can change firefighters lives.

The mission of the Fire Smoke Coalition is to focus the required attention and resources on the deadly and life-long consequences of breathing  fire smoke by teaching firefighters and first responders how to Prevent, Protect, Detect, Diagnose, and appropriately Treat the exposure if it occurs.  The Coalition is comprised of firefighters and the medical community – all who embrace the challenge of teaching firefighters how to stay alive – and prevent the disease, illness and death associated with today’s deadly fire smoke.

This post links you to an interview I had with the organizations Executive Director, Shawn Longerich.  Her candor and passion for firefighter safety permeates this discussion.

Please visit: www.firesmoke.org  for further information and resources.  Support the cause that is focused on firefighter safety and health.  We can do better!

Shawn Longerich, Executive Director

shawn@firesmoke.org
Fire Smoke Coalition
323 North Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
www.FireSmoke.org

South Africa Fire Visit

It is always great to talk to Fire Fighters and Fire Officers, no matter where in the world I find myself.  It was one of the tremendous highlights from my recent trip to South Africa.

_DSC1115Thanks to the fire fighters of Johannesburg and Durban for sharing keen insights into their departments and operations.  It was a great exchange.  There are so many similarities to Fire Fighters and Fire Stations all over the world that they are too numerous to mention (including the mop bucket, lol).

_DSC1502Got to see their equipment and discuss  issues.  Many of the same things that we struggle with in the USA are there as well.  Pre- and Post- Apartheid Firefighter selection, staffing and training mirror some of the departments in the USA.  I say that in terms of our own attempts at equal opportunity employment, post the Civil Rights era.  A different scale and yet the same issues.  We were able to discuss Officer selection and development; strategies and tactics;  the attitude of the population, as it relates to Public Safety; and the future of department goals and objectives.

_DSC1105I felt right at home with this Pierce Attack Pumper, until I climbed into the cab and realized that the steering wheel was on the “wrong side” and that I had to do my pump calculations in the metric system.  The “Rule of Thumb” still applies.  It was nice to tour the city in the Operations Vehicle (equivalent to my Battalion Chief’s SUV,  at home).  The only difference is that theirs is a Mercedes SUV.  It was then on to one of the Ladder Trucks.

_DSC1500The equipment was great to review and compare, yet we all agreed that the equipment is nothing and ineffective without proper human resource management.

I want to thank Thato and Trevor for a great time with the South African Fire and Emergency Services Division.  Stay safe and hope to chat again soon.

3 ways fire chiefs can salvage their careers | Fire Chief

You’ve done the unthinkable and are wondering if there’s any saving your career; there might be if you do these three things.

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ProBoard Adds “Vets”!

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The National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) is pleased to announce an initiative to assist the men and women of the Department of Defense (DOD), especially VETERANS RETURNING FROM SERVICE OVERSEAS in finding career and employment opportunities in the Fire Service when retiring out of military service.

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AEDs Removed From Calif. Department’s Rigs

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Source: Los Angeles Times     

Most fire trucks and ambulances run by the Compton Fire Department have been stripped of defibrillator machines, a crucial lifesaving device that rescuers use to deliver a shock and try to restart the heart of cardiac arrest victims.

County regulators ordered the department to remove the devices last week after fire officials were unable to produce documentation showing Compton firefighters had been properly trained to use the equipment.

The action comes after The Times disclosed in March that nearly one in four city firefighters lacked a permit to perform emergency medical care, a key credential required by other local fire agencies.

“If they aren’t going to follow directions and it’s not going to be a safe use of the equipment then you have to put a stop to the program,” said Cathy Chidester, head of the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency, which oversees 911 service in the area.

Officials say it may take several weeks to train the firefighters or verify their credentials. In the meantime, some units that arrive first at the scene of a cardiac arrest could be limited to providing CPR until highly trained paramedic rescuers arrive to deliver an electronic shock.

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Why is Bathing Like Motivation?

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The great motivational speaker and business pitchman Zig Ziglar was quoted: “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”

How would that apply to us in emergency management?

Why is Bathing Like Motivation??? I’m glad you asked that question.

The point, I believe, that Ziglar was trying to make is that you cannot go long without a bath or personal hygiene; and that motivation is just as necessary.  It is a constant that needs to be in our lives.  But still, how does that correlate to those of us in Emergency Response?

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