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Devotional: Adversity is the Chisel

​   "Adversity is the chisel God often uses to sculpt us into His masterpiece." – Andrew Starnes I fail every day, and I fall short in my pursuit of excellence. I am humbled and reminded daily that I am not perfect. I don't know everything. I aspire to learn as much as I can; however, I know that there's a lot that I don't know. How do we...
Mentorship is vital to the future succession planning of the fire service. Everyone can positively benefit from having a mentor. Mentorship is how we bring continuous improvement to our profession. There is value in having an established advisor in your life to offer you counsel and guidance throughout your career. I have immensely b...
  Listen to Fire Engineering Radio: the Future Firefighter Podcast as we discuss the importance of implementing a plan and the process of becoming a firefighter.   Chris Baker , has over thirteen years of experience in volunteer, combination, and career, fire departments in California. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology an...
  Listen to this episode of the  Code 3 Podcast  with Host Scott Orr. If you want to become a firefighter, the first thing to understand is that it isn’t easy.  There’s a lot of school required nowadays, and it can take several years to get there. But there are some things to know that’ll make the process easier. Here to talk ab
  “Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they’re yours.” – Richard Bach In this episode, Chris Baker sits down with Rescue Captain, Justin Schorr, " the Happy Medic " to talk about what he's learned over the last 25 years in the fire service and why one of the worst pieces of advice is "get your Medic." While obtaining the license will
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  “The ultimate role of a firefighter is to leave a mark on the system, not just a memory.” - Chief Ronny J. Coleman   On Monday, October 8th, 2018, I had the privilege of walking the aisles of the National Fire Heritage Center  archives  with Archivist  Frank Schmersal and, I captured a glimpse of the rich history containe
  As Fire Science Instructors and Fire Technology Directors, we are frequently asked by perspective fire academy candidates, "what fire academy should I attend?"  Our response is usually a series of questions for the prospective future firefighter.  Where do you reside?  Where is your community located?  Where do you want t
   ( Photo Credits: Craig Clements)   Before the Carr Fire event occurred in Shasta County on July 26, 2018, another significant event occurred on the Eiler Fire on August 2, 2014. Both of these events happened late in the afternoon-evening hours approximately (1700 - 2000). Both of these significant events in Shasta County had simil
(Photo Credits: Top - Noah Berger, Lower Left: Matthew Henderson, Lower Right: Parra Photography).   Serving beyond their physical, mental and even emotional limits. Sleeping in the dirt or wherever they can find a spot untouched by the devastation of the unprecedented firestorm. These servants are dirty, hungry and beyond their normal limits.
(Photo Credits: Author) “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 wit
(Photo Credits: Author)  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.  
“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 i
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
“Fitness is 90% mental, 10% execution. The body cannot go where the mind does not believe.”  – Captain Jim Moss “Attitude comes first.  We must accept the fact that our fitness is a requirement of the profession.”  – Chief Dan Kerrigan “The future firefighter must have the mindset and attitude that physical fitness is a requirement o
To watch this episode with Dr. Harry R. Carter, please fast forward to the  (50:10) m ark.   Live from FDIC 2018 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Danny Sheridan 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM Mikey G & Mikey D 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM David Dalrymple 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM Chris Baker 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Remote from the 3M Scott Fire & Safety booth!   All this week a
  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 This show is in memory of Fire Chief Alan V. Brunacini (April 18, 1937 – October 15, 2017). Dr. Carter started riding an ambulance as a junior in high school in 1964.  In 1966, d
  “If you quit you will regret it for the rest of your life. Quitting never makes things easier.” – Admiral William H. McRaven   Our guest was supposed to be Ryan Pennington from Jumpseat Training LLC. However, Ryan had a last-minute schedule change and he is teaching a firefighter safety and survival course during the recording of this s
“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   I believe LEADERSHIP  is influence.  It is our ability to influence and inspire others
I am excited to announce Fire Engineering Radio: The Future Firefighter Podcast will premier on January 18th, 2018. Please tune in at 4:30 PM PST. Thank you, Chief Bobby Halton and the Fire Engineering family for this opportunity.   Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio
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 als
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