Two Quick Links: Briefings and Hollowed Ground

I have a column up at Fire Rescue Magazine on FirefighterNation:

Whether in the firehouse or on scene, briefings contribute to operational and tactical goal achievement.

The fire service is a complex system that often operates in a chaotic environment. Emergency scene tactics and strategies, practical hands-on training and daily routine operations all require effective communication of a plan to the people. This is called “the briefing,” and it’s the first step—one that shouldn’t be overlooked—to successful execution. Simply put, “We execute the brief.”

Wildand Fire Leadership has a great post on leadership, staff rides, and the hollowed ground of Gettysburg:

On Hallowed Ground

“Buy ’em books and buy ’em books, and all they do is chew off the covers.” This was a common cry from Mr. Delmar Hardy, my junior high school history teacher. Why is it that I remember his quote, yet I didn’t retain the significant historical events that he presented? Standing upon the hallowed battlegrounds of Gettysburg approximately 35 years later and some 150 years after the Civil War began, I became acutely aware of how important understanding our past is to shaping our future.

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