Managing Nursing Home Incidents

The need to care for a growing elder population shouldn’t become a soccer ball kicked around due to a difference of definitions.  Typically, the difference between a nursing home and an assisted living facility is: a) the assisted or medical services provided; b) physical facility layout; and/or c) the living arrangements.1 Residents of ALFs (Assisted […]

Human Trafficking: What First Responders Should Know

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What is Human Trafficking? Human trafficking is generally understood within the United States to mean: The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act (sex trafficking), in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person […]

Se7en Habits of Highly Effective Officers

Recently, I wrote an article “7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis” based on Bill George’s book of the same title. The concept has been utilized many times throughout my career during crises of varying degrees of criticality.  George’s concept is succinct and, in my experience, effective.  When facing a crisis, George advises: Face reality, starting […]

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Mentors and Morons Who Taught Me to Lead #004: Leadership Doesn’t Have to be Loud

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I’ve had the honor of serving with many brave and talented heroes throughout my career.  Those who instilled the drive in me to be better, I consider them mentors.  I have also crossed paths with several who have demonstrated the worst examples of greed, incompetence, and sometimes cowardice.  Those are the morons whose grievances I […]

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The Latest in The Responder Safety Series Few firefighters witness a mayday first-hand. I recall an incident during my early firefighting years following a partial structural collapse in an apartment building with lightweight roof construction.  In my humble opinion, a mayday declaration was called for, but the lieutenant failed to do so. Fortunately, interior members […]

Operating In And Around Emergency Vehicles

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There’s a saying: “You can’t help them if you don’t get there.”  So, the first thing to remember during response is to do it safely.  Studies conducted by government and private entities show that fire departments are some of the safest emergency responders.  A 2017 study found that fire responders experienced a response fatality rate […]