Tag Archives: Command & Leadership

The Venerable Bill Hand Weighs In

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Senior IAFF Member and Haz Mat Instructor Bill Hand, of IAFF Local 341, is one of the most seasoned and distinguished hazardous materials and firefighting experts in the US.  I suppose his career success has many reasons but foremost among them is his totally commonsense and plain spoken wisdom.  I think people have always considered him […]

When the Goose Flew the Coop

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  Where's "Roland"?  “Roland” commented on my recent post when I was banished from the IAFF Blog Roll apparently for wandering outside the acceptable "thought boundaries."  In amongst "Roland's" meandering and bizarre commentary was this: “I’ve seen the current leadership support you on issues (dear to your heart) that many of our less progressive members find controversial.” That […]

A Deadly Dive: Leadership, Safety and Training

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  Seven Minutes and 150 Feet Nearly one year ago, February 26, 2013, two young Navy divers died during a reckless and unnecessary certification dive in frigid 150 feet deep water at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.  Their deaths were attributable to inadequate leadership, poor procedures and lack of risk assessment. Just four weeks earlier a […]

Leadership: Team Christie

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  What Would the "Boss" do? Most by now have heard of the "shit-storm" enveloping New Jersey's governor and 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie. Here's a quick synopsis relevant to the topic at hand: Christie wants to present himself as the Republican "Everyman" beloved by Dems, too.  In his bid for re-election, endorsements from democrats would prove […]

Correction: Dear Leader Good Guy After All

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  "Hounded" by False Rumors Kim Jong Un, the repressive and outfit deprived leader of North Korea apparently DID NOT set a pack of starving dogs on his uncle as previously reported here. This unfortunate mis-reporting underscores how even the most bizarre and dictatorial leaders can be harshly and unfairly judged.  We stand chastened. The […]

Dis…MISSED!

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  Was It Something I said? I couldn't help noticing that I was dropped from the IAFF Blog Roll yesterday. Our union theoretically promotes vigorous free workplace speech as a crucial way to protect union members but when confronted with the opportunity to welcome a dissenting opinion on our beloved IAFF and to put theory into […]

Dogs of War?

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  When Anti-Aircraft Guns Just Aren't Good Enough Our Christmas season was made slightly less merry by the news that the pudgy and hereditary leader of North Korea Kim Jong Un had "cleaned house" by seizing and executing his uncle Jang Song Thaek with anti-aircraft weaponry.   Not so fast. The Singapore-based Straits Times reports that […]

Invisible

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  Place of Honor I was at Arlington National Cemetery Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers yesterday, attending the hourly changing of the guard when I apparently witnessed a most rare event:  the oncoming sentry failed inspection.  I had never seen it happen though I knew it was part of Arlington lore and a possibility as […]

Review: WaPo Goes To Fire Land

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  Welcome to the Park The Washington Post, a.k.a WaPo, trekked to Fire Land, a.k.a. Prince George’s County, Maryland, to cover the aftermath of a 2012 fire where firefighters were injured. “Cold Air. Then Heat. Then Terror.” That’s the title of their tale, but it’s mostly hot air.  It’s a professionally embarrassing story about a  “fire […]

Vietnam’s Washington: Vo Nguyen Giap (1911-2013)

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Defeated France and the US in Two Wars Vo Nguyen Giap (vo nwin ZHAP) died this past week in an army hospital in Vietnam. Giap was the tenacious military leader credited with defeating France in the First Indo-Chinese War and then the US in the Vietnam War. Giap studied military leaders such as Napoleon and […]

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