The Power of The Word - WHY

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“The best tool for fire attack is your brain. The only limits to maximizing its effectiveness are the barriers you put in place. Be as aggressive in obtaining knowledge as you are in advancing an attack line.” – Chief John Tippett

This quote sparked my interest recently on twitter.  I wholeheartedly agree with Chief Tippett regarding the importance of utilizing your mind to increase your maximum effectiveness on the fire ground.  As an educator, I share with my students, “the most important Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) you have is between your ears."  With some humor, I also emphasize the importance of wearing your fire helmet is to protect this important tool as well.

Aggressively Thinking Firefighters (ATF), another acronym for the fire service, we can add this to the list of approximately hundreds if not thousands of already fire service related acronyms in existence.  After all, we utilize acronyms just to remember all the other acronyms.  I am patiently waiting for the Field Operations Guide (FOG) manual on just fire service related acronyms, however, I have digressed. 

I recently watched an online webinar regarding hiring firefighter applicants and the main Subject Matter Expert (SME) remarked that the overall fire service is not the place for candidates that have higher levels of intelligence during the testing process.  I was immediately taken back and stunned by this professional and his statement.  I continued watching the video and I listened with an open mind to why this psychologist asserted his opinion on why hiring panels should not hire for intelligence. 

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What is your WHY

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If you truly know your why, you will also without a doubt unequivocally comprehend your what, where, when and how for your life.  In order to be a leader at home in your personal life or at work in your professional life; you must clearly establish your own strategic mission and vision statements.  Your core values will support your mission statement based upon your own unique morals, ethics and beliefs.  Everything starts and ends with your why.  Your own personal leadership qualities are rooted in these very specific core values and they are established on the firm foundation of your personal mission statement. I encourage you to consider these words and make the commitment to apply these principles to your own personal and professional pursuits.

I was previously challenged by my valued mentors with this same exact question.  Based upon those challenging discussions with these integral mentors, it was critically important for me to clearly identify my priorities.  Ultimately, the reason why I exist is rooted upon having a clearly established mission statement for my life.  Allow your passion to lead you to your purpose.

I am extremely thankful to each of these mentors for encouraging me to layout my own specific strategic blueprint for my life both personally and professionally. My mentors have made all the difference in my life.  I would not be where I am at today without their continued support and words of encouragement.  Truly mentors make all the difference in our lives.  

 

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The Future Firefighter: Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio Show with Assistant Chief Juratovac

“All that I am I owe, I live eternally in the red.”– Dr. Carl Holmes

 

THE FUTURE FEMALE FIREFIGHTER

“I can’t help but tell you that it’s all about the mentorship.  Without the direction and guidance of those who have come before us, there is no way that either one of us would be here.  The main message I want to relay to everyone is this, we can’t do this job alone.  Whether you are a woman or a man, you are going to need the advice and the guidance that we all need in every profession to succeed and thrive.” – Assistant Chief Nicol Juratovac

 

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The Attributes of Leading

 

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I recently attended a train-the-trainer class for a new Everyone Goes Home® program course titled ‘Attributes of Leading’ created by Dr. Brian Crandell of the Crandell Research Group, Battalion Chief Kevin Conant (Retired) of Command Coaching, and videographer/editor Captain Jake Pelk, of FD Training Solutions. This course was an integral part of the 2018 National Everyone Goes Home® Advocate / Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors workshop. 

Weaving together a tapestry of different perspectives, the content of this course showcases fire department members across the country sharing in a discussion of the key attributes of leading, from the foggy San Francisco Bay to the frozen lakes of Minnesota.  Volunteer, career, and combination departments participated in this training course from Boone County Fire District in Columbia, Missouri to the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department in Loveland, Ohio.  Attributes of Leading focuses on several key attributes of leading including: Developing Competence, Building Grit, Being Well, Exercising Self-Regulation, Demonstrating Humility, and Developing Trust.  Notice they are all verbs, action words, because leading is an action, not a subject.

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The Future Firefighter: Functional Fitness

 

06/14/2018

Takeaways from an interview with the men behind Firefighter Functional Fitness

 

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Chris Baker has over 10 years of experience in volunteer, combination and career fire departments in California.  Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology and Associates of Science Degree in Fire Service Command Company Officer.  He is a California State Fire Training certified Fire Officer, Driver-Operator, Fire Instructor, and Lead Firefighter I Certification Evaluator.  Chris is a Fire Science Instructor in the California Community College System.  He is a member and educator with the International Society of Fire Service Instructors.  Chris is a Volunteer Advocate and Advocate Manager for the Everyone Goes Home Program.

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The Future Firefighter: Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio Show with Firefighter Functional Fitness

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“Fitness is 90% mental, 10% execution. The body cannot go where the mind does not believe.” – Lieutenant Jim Moss

“Attitude comes first.  We must accept the fact that our fitness is a requirement of the profession.” – Chief Dan Kerrigan

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LIVE from FDIC 2018 - Friday, April 27th: Trusted Voices

 

To watch this episode with Dr. Harry R. Carter, please fast forward to the (50:10) mark.

 

Trusted Voices - Live from FDIC 2018

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The Value of Education in the Fire Service

Dr. Harry R. Carter, FIFireE, CFO (left) and Chris Baker (right).05/08/2018 A conversation with Dr. Harry R. Carter at FDIC Read More Here at Firefighter Nation

 

Chris Baker has over 10 years of experience in volunteer, combination and career fire departments in California.  Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology and Associates of Science Degree in Fire Service Command Company Officer.  He is a California State Fire Training certified Fire Officer, Driver-Operator, Fire Instructor, and Lead Firefighter I Certification Evaluator.  Chris is a Fire Science Instructor in the California Community College System.  He is a member and educator with the International Society of Fire Service Instructors.  Chris is a Volunteer Advocate and Advocate Manager for the Everyone Goes Home Program.

 

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The Future Firefighter: Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio Show with Dr. Harry Carter

Live from FDIC 2018: Day Five

The Value of Education in the Fire Service

 

“I have achieved a great deal in life through education.”– Dr. Harry R. Carter

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The Future Firefighter: Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio Episode 1761

 

Building the Unbreakable Future Firefighter

 

“If you quit you will regret it for the rest of your life. Quitting never makes things easier.” – Admiral William H. McRaven

 

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The Future Firefighter: Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio Episode 1724

 

The Future Firefighter: Episode 1724 show notes with Fire Chief Jacob McAfee from the Fresno City College - FCC Fire Academy.

“The bottom line in leadership isn't how far we advance ourselves but how far we advance others.”   (Maxwell, 1998)

Excerpt from the book by John C. Maxwell, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You

 

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The Future Firefighter

 

I am excited to announce 'The Future Firefighter' - Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio Show premiers January 18th, 2018! Please tune in at 4:30PM PST.

Thank you Chief Bobby Halton and the Fire Engineering family for this opportunity.

 

Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio

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You Call, We Come, Leadership, LAFD Video Confrontation

 9/22/2017FEATURED CONTRIBUTORSFirefighter Leadership: Throughout Probation and Beyond

Series from Chris Baker on taking charge of yourself (author photo)

 

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Chris Baker has over 10 years of experience in volunteer, combination and career fire departments in California. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology and Associates of Science Degree in Fire Service Command Company Officer. He is a California State Fire Training certified Fire Officer, Driver-Operator, Fire Instructor, and Lead Firefighter I Certification Evaluator.  Chris is a Fire Science Instructor in the California Community College System.  He is a member and educator with the International Society of Fire Service Instructors.  Chris is an Advocate for the Everyone Goes Home Program through the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation. 

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Firefighter Leadership: Throughout Probation and Beyond

 

 09/21/2017Series from Chris Baker on taking charge of yourself.

 

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Chris Baker has over 10 years of experience in volunteer, combination and career fire departments in California. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology and Associates of Science Degree in Fire Service Command Company Officer. He is a California State Fire Training certified Fire Officer, Driver-Operator, Fire Instructor, and Lead Firefighter I Certification Evaluator.  Chris is an Adjunct Instructor in the California Community College System.  He is a member and educator with the International Society of Fire Service Instructors.  Chris is an Advocate for the Everyone Goes Home Program through the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation. 

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Fire Blog Roundup: Crew Development, Bullies, and Industrial Fire Training

08/30/2017Maintaining the Work and Life Balance in the Fire Service

 

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In This Issue: Deadly Quake in China, CA Wildfire Arsons, Ground Ladder Training...

 

08/09/2017

Fire Engineering Newsletter

Why I Became a Public Servant 

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In This Issue: MN School Blast, FF Deaths in TX and MT, D.C. FF Injured..

 

 

08/03/2017

Fire Engineering Newsletter

Leading Throughout Probation and Beyond in the Fire Service, Part 6

 

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Leading Throughout Probation and Beyond in the Fire Service: Part 6

 

The stage is set. In the audience are family members, friends and mentors patiently watching you on stage for your pinning ceremony. There are few milestones in life that are held in such high regard. The moment when you find the one you want to spend the rest of your life with and marry to become your significant other. The birth of a child is also a moment that you will truly treasure and never ever forget. And this day, when your dream career profession came true and you were pinned with the badge of a public servant.

The oath of a public servant is an oath of dedication to a lifetime of customer service. Remember this moment when you made the commitment to serving your community. The work of a public servant is never ending in the pursuit of service. At the end of every call is an opportunity to positively engage members of our community. There is no greater reward than a lifetime of service.

 

My challenge is for you to find an inspiring mentor in this profession. Allow yourself the opportunity to become his or her mentee. Develop into the firefighter and leader that you desire to become. Accept constructive criticism in stride and strive to become a better person daily. Respect their wisdom with grace and listen to their feedback with enthusiasm. Leaders lead by effectively developing future leaders from within their ranks.

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Fire Blog Roundup: Morals, Standpipes, and Well-Rounded Firefighters

 

07/28/2017

Check out a roundup of recent posts from our featured contributors, including John Dixon on principles and morals, James Johnson on the importance of fire protection for suppression side members, P.J. Norwood on safety messaging, and more!

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Leading Throughout Probation and Beyond in the Fire Service: Part 5

 

Last week we discussed two very important character traits; those traits were maintaining a strong work ethic and taking the proper initiative.  This week we are going to cover two more equally important character traits that will help you achieve success throughout your fire service career:

You must maintain a positive attitude, andHave the mindset of sharing this with others while on duty.

The academy and the probationary period can be compared to a pressure cooker.  You will be pushed beyond your physical and mental limits.  However, having a positive attitude with the correct mindset will enable you to overcome this pressure.

There will be bad days.  There will be days where you will be completely broken down.  You will find out what you are made of and what your limits are during this process.  It is important to know what your pain threshold is and also what you are capable of achieving under pressure.  This is a profession where you will be under pressure your entire public safety career.  It is essential to learn how to improvise, adapt and overcome in this stressful environment.  Remember, this is the best job in the world.  Everyday we are on duty is an opportunity to help someone that needs us to mitigate his or her emergency.

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