Author Archives: Christopher Naum

Try to be Better than Yourself…

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2016-Strive to be a better Leader, Fire Officer, Firefighter, Instructor, Mentor, Role Model, Senior or Junior “guy|gal”, “Brother”, Friend, Person….Human; Be accountable, become engaged, be responsible and better yourself in your varied roles and responsibilities towards those you love and care for. You have nothing but blank pages to fill in your book of life […]

National Safety Culture Change Initiative

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National Safety Culture Change Initiative: Study of Behavioral Motivation on Reduction of Risk-Taking Behaviors in the Fire and Emergency Service Developed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs through a partnership with the U.S. Fire Administration {Excerpts} Controlling and extinguishing hostile fire comes at a great cost to human life and secondarily at great financial […]

An Officer who Made a Difference: Remembrance

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Captain Patrick “Paddy” Brown, FDNY Remembrance, One of Many Stories: One of the 343… On September 11, 2001, Captain Patrick Brown and eleven men from FDNY Ladder 3 responded to the attacks at the World Trade Center. His firehouse, Ladder 3, is located in very close proximity to the Twin Towers so his was one […]

Shaping the Future “Creating Leaders in our Youth” Part III

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Knowledge is Power… Share It !!! This statement is often used by many including myself. So what does it truly mean? It means that you will freely give of your knowledge and wisdom to others withholding nothing. It never fails, I will see a leader of an organization trying to hold information and knowledge from […]

Shaping the Future “Creating Leaders in our Youth” Part II

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In Doug Cline’s previous posting: Shaping the Future “Creating Leaders in our Youth”  Part I he ended the with a question, “So officers are you shaping the fire service’s future?” Here’s his latest installment. I hope this prompted fire officers to intra-inspect themselves to see if they were shaping the fire service’s future. I further hope this generated […]

Shaping the Future; “Creating Leaders in our Youth” Part I

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As we quickly approach a time when much of the fire service leadership will be retiring we are destine to face the loss of great leadership in the fire service. This could prove to be a tragedy for our profession or we can make it a positive bench mark. A lot is going to depend […]

National Hydrogen Safety Training Resource Webinar for Emergency Responders

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Webinar: National Hydrogen Safety Training Resource for Emergency Responders Date: March 24, 2015 Time: Noon to 1 p.m. EDT The Energy Department’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office announces the launch of a new online national hydrogen safety training resource for emergency responders. Developed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the California Fuel Cell Partnership, the […]

Learn as if you were to live forever: Live as if you were to die tomorrow

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A few years ago I posted an article on The CompanyOfficer.com (now TheFireOfficer.com) entitled: Your Capabilities and Future Success. It was about the legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden. Coach Wooden passed away at the age of 99 on June 4, 2010, but his legacy has extended well beyond. Aside from his extraordinary career accomplishments on […]

The Company Officer: Influence, Leadership, Committment

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The Company Officer Some words to think about as the Company Officer…. The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority,  Kenneth Blanchard Contrary to the opinion of many people, leaders are not born. Leaders are made, and they are made by effort and hard work, Vince Lombardi  The best leader is the one […]

Re-Challenging the “Outside the Box” Fallacy

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This article was originally published in 2014 by Scott Faith on the website; The Havok Journal (HERE) and is directed at change in the military and its affects and impact on the profession, its history, tradition, practices and mission. It was recently reposted on March 12, 2015 . After reading the piece, the parallels evoked by […]

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