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The London fire from my perspective

I was approached by Sky news two days ago via twitter to give my take as a retired firefighter on the fire at Grenfell tower in West London. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties on my side we were unable to carry out the interview live on TV so I thought I’d just give a little … Continue reading »

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How running helped my firefighting career

I mentioned in my book ‘Firefighting from within‘ about running at a young age and now I want to share how it helped me as a firefighter. Running helps to get rid of excessive adrenalin and other stress hormones, boosts your mood and keeps you fit. Running is free, you can do it anywhere, and it … Continue reading »

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How I managed with dyslexia as a firefighter

When I started work as a firefighter, I wasn’t in a position where I had to do a lot writing for or to other people. At school I taught myself how to memorize things in a most amazing way, because I struggled to read. I listened very well in meetings and when I was briefed … Continue reading »

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The Canada wildfire in Alberta

My thoughts are with the people of Canada affected by the recent wildfire that has gone out of control with thousands of people facing their second evacuation in three days. I’m hoping the cooler temperatures and rain that is on forecast, will make it easier to contain the fire. The situation so far: 49 wildfires … Continue reading »

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Preparing for earthquakes and other natural disasters with the Red Cross

I’ve been a volunteer for the Red Cross here in the Philippines for a year and a half now where they are the only Red Cross in the world with a fire and Rescue department. The best I can offer is my 25 years knowledge, skills and experience as a London Firefighter and some basic … Continue reading »

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Fire and Explosion at temples in India

It’s sad to hear that just over one week after the Kolkata flyover disaster, India had another disaster yesterday with a fire and explosion at the Kollam Temple Killing more that 100 people. Nearly 400 others were injured at the Puttingal temple in Paravur when a faulty firework fell onto a large stockpile of fireworks. A building … Continue reading »

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My former fire service bosses are paid more than the UK Prime Minister

I just found out that some of my former senior officers in the fire service  were paid more than the Prime Minister’s £142,500 salary and the highest paid was my deputy commissioner Rita Dexter — also: The boss of a failing service pocketed more than £350,000 and was given a pay rise despite being absent … Continue reading »

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I will not be competing at the 2017 World Police and Fire Games due to political boycott

It is with great sadness that I have to announce that I will not be competing at the 2017 World Police and Fire Games in Montreal, July 28 – August 6, 2017 for political reasons. As a retired firefighter, I am allowed to compete and was hoping to play in my new sport of golf there. I … Continue reading »

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Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

One of the first personal development training that I was put through as a firefighter was a seminar that the London Fire Brigade put all their officers through called ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey is one of the most influential books in self-development. … Continue reading »

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What Everybody Ought to Know About Integrity

My trade union, the Fire Brigade Union, said this week that The Mayor of London has “serious questions to answer” after a man apparently leapt to his death to escape a fire in Camden Town, London early this week. That could be interpreted to mean that Boris Johnson’s recent decision to close down ten London fire … Continue reading »

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