Category Archives: The Times They Are a-Changin

Fire Department Fundraising 2.0

  Wanted: new, innovative approach to fundraising for volunteer fire departments.  future of department dependent on succes.  Willing to pay $0.  Only serious inquiries please. I’ve written recently about issues surrounding the use of social media.  I’ve yet though to … Continue reading

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“Leadership rejects reality, substitutes their own”

An apt headline It seems the US Navy is about to undertake action under some of the same convoluted reasoning that endangers communities all over the country. Sailors are too expensive, so let’s partially man warships with civilians! Read the … Continue reading

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Who is supposed to know who and what– when, where, and why?

Reports are coming in from Columbia, South Carolina that one firefighter was killed and another seriously injured when they were struck by a vehicle while operating along the interstate.  This is a tragedy, and, as with all LODDs, the hearts … Continue reading

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Experimental NOAA radar display

As a break from fire service related topics, I enjoy spending time learning about mapping and weather. When those two topics come together, my inherent geeky-ness rejoices. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is in the process of developing … Continue reading

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The fire service’s part in homeland security

What part does your department play in your community?  What part do you play in your department?  Perhaps it is clearer to ask, What do we do?  We all can likely form some coherent answers to these questions, some obvious … Continue reading

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I am a street person

These guys are beyond the pale. The fire service, and all public employees, are taking a beating from the public during this recession. We are good scapegoats while the city fathers find ways to shuffle dollars to pet projects. Fire … Continue reading

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The future in a podcast

Battalion Chief Matt Tobia of Ann Arundel County, MD, gave an interesting interview at FRI recently. The title, “Thinking Strategically, Acting Tactically: Building A Culture of Extinguishment” is a dog whistle of sorts that invokes Ray McCormack’s (in)famous speech at FDIC … Continue reading

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