Asking Questions

Asking questions is the secret to good conversation. And a conversation is exactly what a team should be having. This requires all members to both talk and listen. Come to your meetings armed with questions. Oh, and be ready to have some answers too!

Adapted from a John Maxwell post.

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Dangerous Encounters!

We are confronted today by a variety of factors than can negatively impact our safety, survival, and success on the fire ground. This cartoon by Paul Combs and Fire Engineering describes one of the most serious problems we face, hoarder homes. Building design and construction we can understand to a certain degree. Human factors, or the people who maintain or live in those buildings, and in many cases abandon them and leave them vacant, are difficult to comprehend.

Give some extra thought to the special problems you will encounter when responding to incidents at hoarder homes and abandoned structures. Locate those dangerous places in your area, then discuss your plan of attack, which should include a serious look at the risk vs. benefit.

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The Most Dangerous Phrase

I found this image at Station Pride. It delivers a powerful message, one we must remember everyday. When you hear someone say, “We’ve always done it this way,” immediately ask them, “Why?” The last thing we should do is the same old thing we’ve always done. Look around and find out what’s new out there!

Always Make a Difference: Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Posted by Paul Combs on March 15, 2013 at Drawn By Fire.

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DRAWN BY FIRE Flashback – Take a little Irish advice and buckle up! Stay safe out there and have a happy St. Paddy’s Day, everybody! -Paul Combs

Cluck! Cluck! Cluck!

Posted by Paul Combs on 

When it comes to safety, sometimes we are no better than a group of chickens clucking, scratching, and scurrying about the barn yard! We say all the right things about safety, complain about the lack of safety, and will even criticize and chastise others when things go wrong – but are you courageous enough to stand up for what’s right when the time comes? Have you ever looked the other way because you didn’t want to call someone out or embarrass a buddy?

Perhaps it’s time to shut up and put up. Read, learn, and put safety measures into practice that will ensure, as best as we can, that we all go home without enjury. The fireground and apparatus operations will never be 100% risk free, but we can do a helluvah lot to increase our odds.

So, what’s it going to be? Are you going to take action or just cluck away?

Off Duty Rule [Art by Paul Combs]

Posted by Paul Combs on November 27, 2013 at Fire Engineering


You laugh, but you know you’ve thought about it!!!

Have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving, everybody – and for Heaven’s sake, clean your chainsaw after the carving.

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