Category Archives: General Rants

Let’s Hear It For The D.C. FEMS!

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  I hope you all have a strong cup of regulah this morning. It's cold outside, I didn't sleep real well last night and this morning we learn of the official end of an era. In case you've been living under a rock lately I'll just fill you in that the D.C. FEMS are not […]

“Risk a Lot to Save a Lot” is B.S.

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Along with its sister-sayings of “risk a little to save a little” and “risk nothing to save nothing” , “risk a lot to save a lot” has been bastardized to justify some actions or to crucify others.

Things I’ve Learned

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    Everyone warming up with their cup of regulah? It's cold out there today. Let's just sit and chat for a while until we warm up a little, shall we? The following is a partial list of things I've learned or have come to believe are true over my career. These are my beliefs, […]

Have You Been “Departmentally Institutionalized”?

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  Oh man. Not feelin' it today for some reason. I definitely need a cup of regulah to get me going. Grab yerself some too and have a seat here with me. Teaching gives someone a unique opportunity that not everyone else in a given field has. It gives a person the chance to look […]

Does It Really Matter? Really?

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    Hello boys and girls. This might be one of those ramblers so I'll apologize in advance. When I sit down to write I very rarely map something out, read it and re-read it, tweak, adjust or otherwise do much in the way of editing. I usually just go off the top of my […]

Our Kids

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*Image from Uniform Duds for Kids.   Everyone got there cahffee? Grab some diamond plate. This one might stir up some lively discussion. So the other night I was listening to an on-line podcast over at FirefighterNetCast that is hosted by Christopher Naum entitled "Taking it to the Streets, The New Fireground and the First-Due." If […]

That Lonely Feeling, The Ticking Time-Bomb of Short-Staffing

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First, I need to apologize and make a confession. I'd like to apologize for such a long absence and the lack of content on the blog. There's a very good reason for it, I assure you. Which leads me to the confession. I believe that early on I copped to not being the most tech-savvy […]

The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday

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The title is one of the many sayings that come from our Navy's SEAL teams. It should also remind us that just because we got the leader there are many followers who are ready and willing to fill the vacuum. We as a nation, as members of the military and members of the public safety […]

The Best Damn Department In The Fire Service

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  Everybody got they're cup of regulah? Everyone comfortable? Good. So I'm sitting on the tailboard the other shift with the rest of my crew and we're talking about general happenings and scuttlebutt around the department. Soon the conversation turns to the general problem-solving and saving of the planet. Of course, me bein' me, I […]