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In this week's The Command Post podcast, hosts Lt. Rom Duckworth and Chief Rob Wylie discuss how negative stories about firefighters reflect badly not only within the fire department in question but on the entire fire service.
"It's not fair that you're judged and your profession is judged by the actions of a few," Chief Wylie said. "More often than not, in their off-duty time, what happened had nothing to do with the profession or the fact that they were in the fire service. Because the profession is held in high regard, it perks people's ears up and gets so much media attention."
Lt. Duckworth and Chief Wylie also talk about the different types of hose loads for engine company operations in their frontline tactical tips segment.
"If you want to start a fight at the firehouse, bring up changing a hose load," Chief Wylie said. "The bottom line is — there's a bunch of them out there. They all have their benefits and downsides. How do you use it and which one works best for you?"
They also discuss labor management relations in their leadership lessons segment.
"You set aside past issues, you set aside past conflicts," Lt. Duckworth said. "Define what your common ground is and what direction you want to go."
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Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
Police seek fire chief accused of murdering girlfriend
The Roundabout Hose Load
Video: 5 great ways to load hose
Fire Attack: Advancing Hose Lines
Ways to improve hose deployment at fires
2 bad behaviors that will kill your fire service career
Vilifying labor or management is bad for both
3 legal lessons to learn from 2011