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One of the best and easiest way to interest candidates in joining is to create some positive buzz about your organization.

Christmas Characters

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Join me at 9pm on Wednesday-December 8th as I host my Firefighter Storytellers radio show live from the Buffalo Fire Historical Society. My guest will be retired Lt. Patrick Coghlan from the Buffalo Fire Department.  Pat is a 34-year veteran of Rescue One and Vice President of the Buffalo Fire Historical Society. More than that, […]

My Flag

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The next time I look at that flag, it could be a tangled mess – or it could be flowing freely in the breeze. It’s different every time I look at it. That’s the beauty of my flag.

What’s your story?

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It’s been a great, long, hot summer — causing me to take some time away from blogging to spend with my family and friends. Although I haven’t been writing much, I have been doing a lot of reading and observing. And, it’s my observation that the need for effective story telling in the fire service has […]

Run-to-the-Curb Radio: Chief Tim Sendelbach

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It’s like “Run-to-the-Curb Radio” — but better! “Firefighter Storytellers” is a natural outgrowth from my popular “Run to the Curb” series — as it offers a radio show designed simply to facilitate kitchen table type discussions between firefighters. “Storytellers” is an open-format radio show in which listeners are encouraged to call in with their own stories of what brought them […]

Run-to-the-Curb Kid: Dr. Jason Borton

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Jason Borton is not your typical Run-to-the-Curb kid.  Not only was he a volunteer firefighter, but he wrote a book about it too. In fact he tells a story of how he once ran to — and through — a window to see where the fire trucks were going in his neighborhood. Growing up, he didn’t just visit […]

Raising a flag about lowering THE FLAG!

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It’s after Memorial Day-2010 and I’ve been working on this blog for about a week, in hopes of having it finished prior to the start of the holiday weekend but life got in the way and that didn’t happen. In retrospect, I’m glad I procrastinated. I’m glad I waited, because now, I think this blog […]

Run-to-the-Curb is Top Story

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It’s been more than a month since my presentation at FDIC and my live Internet radio talk show on FirefighterNetcast from the show floor, but a lot of exciting things have happened since then.  Feedback from my show about the importance of storytelling in the fire service with special guest Chief Tom Merrill was tremendous […]

Local Fire News Sites Get Press, Mixed Reviews

A recent article in the Buffalo News featured two online fire service sites (www.ecfwire.com and www.ereicountyfireblotter.com) that provide live audio feeds and in-depth news coverage of the fire service here in Erie County. Although the article focuses on the potential training value, some fire chiefs had mixed feelings about what could be considered a form […]

@FireRECRUITER: Make the Right Investments

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The following article tells of a small city that is threatening to stop collecting a voluntary public donation that has brought thousands and thousands of dollars in mission-critical equipment to their combination (paid/volunteer) fire department.  Apparently, the threat is in response to a dwindling number of volunteer firefighters in their department, between 5 and 10, […]

@FireRECRUITER: It’s EMS Week – Roll With It!

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From www.FireRECRUITER.com: In honor of EMS Week-2010, I thought I’d promote the (dare I say) sexiest video I’ve ever seen come to volunteer recruitment and retention. “Roll With It!” is a part music video, part movie trailer — full-on high energy – high impact web site for the recruitment of fire and EMS personnel. Celebrate EMS Week […]

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