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Health and Safety

Look after your health and your health will look after you…

I haven’t been well lately and was hospitalized for 10 days until yesterday after having an operation to remove a bladder stone. ( See pics below ). It’s important to look after your general wellbeing, but it’s easy to forget to do this when you’re busy or distracted. Check out these easy tips for looking after … Continue reading »

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How to Deal with Workplace Bullies

I have just finished the last day of my Asia book launch at the Manila International Book Fair and many people were asking me after my talk, “How did you do it?” How did you manage to stay in your job after years and years of abuse and discrimination?” Well there is no ‘one size fits all’ … Continue reading »

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Fire Station Bullies

Most people that know me well will tell you that the one thing that almost destroyed my firefighting career was the Fire Station Bullies. If you come along to my book signing next week at the Manila International Book Fair I can tell you more about it. Meanwhile, here is a recent article by Adam J. Hansen that … 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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Are the Rio 2016 Olympics safe?

Has 4 years really passed since London 2012? It seems like only yesterday the country was swept up with celebrity torch bearers, Mo Farah, the Queen jumping out of a helicopter, 65 Team GB medals and of course 29 gold post boxes! Today is the first official day of Rio 2016 and I can’t wait … Continue reading »

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India Kolkata flyover collapse: A recurring tragedy

Firstly, my thoughts goes out to the people of Kolkata in India to those affected by the recent flyover tragedy and with the families of those who lost their lives. I understand that rescue efforts are continuing all night and emergency teams have been sent with sniffer dogs, concrete cutters, drilling machines and sensors to detect life. My concern … 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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Fighting More Than Fire: Firefighters Battling Cancer and Heart Attacks

Firefighters face a much higher risk of heart attacks when battling a blaze — up to 100 times the normal rate — and are more likely to be struck while performing less-strenuous tasks, like cleaning up debris from a fire. But heart attacks are not the only health threat plaguing firefighters — fire service personnel … Continue reading »

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