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throughout his career. Times have changed for personnel-related
matters, as well. When I first entered the fire service, Family
Medical Leave, Fair Labor Standards Act, and social media were
not even in our vocabulary. However, they are now daily topics of
discussion, and not being educated about their impact on officer-level decision making has cost many a municipality, department,
or leader both money and embarrassment from bad decisions.
Pass it along. Pay it forward. Another one of my favorite quotes
comes from George Santayana, a famous Spanish poet and philosopher, who is credited with saying, “Those who do not remember
the past are condemned to repeat it.” Simply put, if we don’t learn
from the experiences of others (good or bad), we will inevitably
experience the same. As leaders, it is our responsibility to pass our
knowledge on, especially when that knowledge was gained from a
personal experience or the notable experience of another. Lessons
learned from tragedies like Yingling Chevrolet, Hackensack Ford,
Walbaum’s Supermarket, Vendome Hotel, Southwest Supermarket,
and the Sofa Super Store, just to name a few, should be passed on
to every entry-level firefighter as a way to both educate the youth
of our craft and honor those who have fallen in the line of duty.
Unfortunately, many of these very important lessons are not being
shared, and entry-level firefighters haven’t a clue what took place
well before many of them were even born.
Make a difference in whatever you do. Every one of us can make a
difference, no matter what your position, rank, assignment, or role in
the organization. While you may not think you have an impact, in
one way, shape, or form, you do. Something as little as your attitude
can easily rub off on other crew members and create the “one bad
apple spoils the whole barrel” mentality. Firefighters who are com-
mitted to the fire service tend to not become that “one bad apple.”
Instead, maintaining a positive attitude and keeping the “make a
difference” mindset lead them to greater things.
Know your job. Do your job. Do it well. It is really quite simple:
Maintaining your commitment to lifelong learning (as described
above) as a way to know your job leads you to the next two steps of
this guiding principle. If you strive to know as much about your job
as possible and then commit to doing your job at every opportunity,
the chance to showcase your talents and do your job well will pres-
ent itself. There really should be no tolerance for subpar or “OK”
performance in a job that cannot only mean the difference between
for leadership success
in the fire service.
• Always be a student of the fire service.
• Pass it along. Pay it forward.
• Make a difference in whatever you do.
• Know your job. Do your job. Do it well.
• Do the right thing for the right reasons.
• It’s not about me, it’s about we.
• My success is measured by the success of others.
• Don’t accept unacceptable behavior, no matter how
insignificant you think it is.
• Share your expectations.