Tuesday, December 8, 2009

What Defines You?

It’s not the uniform, rank or helmet color that defines a person; it’s what you do that defines who you are.

We must have the fortitude and courage to be both safety conscious and measured in the performance of our sworn duties while maintaining the appropriate balance of risk and bravery. The demands and requirements of modern firefighting will continue to require the placement of personnel within situations and buildings that carry risk, uncertainty and inherent danger. How and what you do, accept or disregard reflects highly upon you.

What defines you; as a firefighter, an officer or commander? Where and how do you fit in?
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  1. I admire your posts, and am the creator of a social network of Hispanic Firefighters, where many are volunteers. The amazing thing is that we are all united by a common sentiment of Universal Brotherhood. And what you write here is the same for us too.
    A big hug from Southamerica !!

  2. May I make a suggestion that you add a "health" section to your blog. I believe that nearly 50% of all firefighter deaths are related to cardiac arrest. As a chef and a the wife of a firefighter(a very lucky man), I have worked diligently to get my husband's cholesterol down and keep it a healthy level. Due to the stressful nature of your careers as firefighters, it is imperative that you eat whole fresh foods that are low in cholesterol. My new blog, The Chef & The Firefighter, will be addressing this particular issue that is dear to my heart. Healthy recipes for anyone to access will be posted soon. Additionally, I will be happy to contribute recipes to your blog.

  3. Hi Carolyn -- Thanks for your comment! We don't really have 'sections' on TKT, but you can use our labels to find posts about heart attacks and general health.

    Our parent site, FireRescue1.com, has a section on Health and Wellness, with resources and news you might find useful: http://www.firerescue1.com/health/

    I also highly recommend the NVFC's online resources, which you can find at http://healthy-firefighter.org/


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