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to say when you are pushing your crew to do more
training, to throw more ladders, to stretch more
lines, to start more power tools, to take extra time
to ensure perfect apparatus checks, to practice more
command, and to consider better ways to do the
There will be days where the extreme naysayers
will try to drag you down. They will do whatever
they can to do as little as possible but still try to
function. They will find every reason to remind you
that you need to calm down, you need to slow down,
and you need to back off because perhaps you are
making them look bad or forcing them to do more
than what may be the minimum. Just back down.
Never let them try to knock down your flame of
excitement, enthusiasm, and spirit. Use
their negatives as fuel to fire you up even
more! Take that blah attitude and use it
to further grow your “hell yeah” attitude
to LOVE being a firefighter. Do more
training. Attend more programs. Do the
best apparatus checks. Read more articles.
Create more drills. Throw more ladders.
Stretch more lines. And buy some more
new blue fire T-shirts!
While you may annoy some even more,
Are you and your crew combat ready?
you also may actually get a few converts
to come to your side, the so called “dark”
side (smoke showing), where the major-
ity or even all of your crew are then all ate
up with being firefighters—fully involved
(thanks Mark V.)—and loving the job.
Are you keeping fire in your life? (thanks
(thanks Ricky R. and crew).
Do you take pride and ownership in
yourself and your company? (thanks Rick
Are you on the job or into the job?
(thanks Joey D., RIP).
Stay focused, Sunny. You are DEFI-
NITELY on the right track, night and day
... 24/7/365. Is there anything wrong with
that? Oh hell no.
This month’s Nozzlehead column is dedi-
cated to the memory of my lifelong friend
and brother, Fire Chief Russ Randolph, 55,
who passed away on 10-14-2016. From his
chasing our fire apparatus with his bicycle
as a kid to his years as a career firefighter,
an instructor who rarely missed FDIC, and
his last days as a volunteer fire chief, Russ
was 100-percent firefighter 24/7/365 and as
beloved as any firefighter, officer, and chief
I have ever known. When the tones went
off, he was the first one to yell “We got one!!” with
old-school dedication, unbridled enthusiasm, and
time-proven love for the job. He was definitely one
of those who was a firefighter, not just a fire depart-
ment employee. Sweet dreams, Old Buddy; you have
made such a positive difference and will be terribly
missed but never, ever forgotten, Love you, Billy G.
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