Do you embrace change or do you resist it? Do you approach a conversation with an open mind or do you approach the discussion with a closed mind? Are you willing to accept technological advances or discredit them? Are you willing to pull up a chair at the table and join the conversation?
I am a humble public servant. My ultimate goal and purpose, in my position in the fire service, is to serve the public. Our customers expect a highly competent professional that will arrive in an effective and efficient manor to mitigate their emergency. Are you willing to be a change magnet?
The fire service is rapidly approaching the age of discovery in the realm of scientific information. This scientific data is on the forefront of many conversations and discussions around the firehouse kitchen table. The application of this scientific data is very difficult to apply, digest and even comprehend. Are you willing to embrace this information?
In this age of discovery, this scientific information is highlighting information that has already been discovered in the past. However, in this current age of information several are reconsidering this preexisting information. This age of technology is integrated in almost every aspect of the society of today. For example, smart phones, smart televisions and now even smart refrigerators. You can see this advancement of technology by attending national fire/ems conferences and walking the exposition floor. Are you willing to attend these conferences and become familiar on the advancement of this technology in the fire service?
The age-old motto of the fire service is to improvise, adapt and overcome. I can remember, when I started in the fire service, my instructors encouraged me to remain flexible and never become comfortable. I was instructed to become a student of the fire service by my senior firefighters and fire officers. I decided to make the commitment of becoming a life long learner. Never stop learning. I owe it to my fellow firefighters, my family and the public I took an oath to serve, to be a student of the profession.
You might ask yourself… How do you become a change magnet? First, you can subscribe to fire service related magazines and stay current on the discussions already taking place in the field of public safety. You can attend local, regional and national fire/ems conferences. These conferences give you the opportunity to attend both hands on training classes and classroom lecture based training. You can enroll at your local community college and join the discussion in the classroom. You can subscribe to fire service related newsletters and read monthly articles. These are only a few ways to join in on the discussion. Are you willing to be a change magnet?