So What’s Really Going On

I was asked that question the other day by someone and I gave her an answer that was designed to get out of the question as fast as possible, which it did. But after that exchange, I started to think about how I should have answered and what I really had “going on”. The real…

Retain or Die

Well, this will be the last step in the 6R system. We have covered a lot of ground in the past posts so lets recap: We started with Respect. It is my personal belief that we need to respect each other before all else. Only then can we show respect for our customers, our equipment,…

Do You Think You Are Better Than Me?

So I read an article the other day in my local newspaper about the Fire Department in my town. It was actually a letter to the editor regarding the possible addition of part-time firefighters to the ranks of the FD. The letter was from a retired cop who also served  after his retirement as a…

Why Do I Have To Ride The Medic

Let’s talk about something for a minute. Most departments are pretty familiar with the idea of fire based EMS. If you are in a department that doesn’t do fire based EMS then this blog entry will not be that interesting but for those of you that are in that type of system, you may understand…

All Star Team

In this installment, we will talk a little bit about recruitment. The previous 4 items in the 6R system are key in recruiting highly trained and highly motivate employees as they show a commitment to employees and equipment as well as giving a real understanding as to what your department is all about. There are…

Reinvestment Strategies

In this installment, we will look at some general strategies for reinvesting the revenue that comes in. By now, you should be getting the general feel of the 6R system and how it can help you. Respect is important throughout the entire process. Having a deep respect for being part of one of the greatest…

GET MONEY

As you read in the last few posts, the 6R plan is something that will help you enhance your operations. The first two foundation blocks of the system, Respect and Response, are what I feel should be dealt with first. They will give you a solid base to work from. The next piece of the…

Back On Track

I have always been a firm believer in putting the response before the politics

WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED?????

As you can see by the title, things did not go well. As I sit here writing this, I am no longer a Fire Chief. I resigned my position and here’s why; you know that infection that I talked about last time? Well it got so deep this time that the City government was delirious….

The Saga Continues…

Well, I am still not on vacation. It is right around the corner but I have a few difficult days to get through before I get to leave. I never in my life thought that I would not want to go to a city council meeting. I have always been interested in local government and…