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Professional Development

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 recent elections and power — two different things

I have more power than the recently elected Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and the new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. After all, I have dual residency in both the UK and the Philippines and the only power these two people have over me is Legitimate Power — let me explain… A president, mayor or prime … 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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Psychology of Motivations

At last weeks book signing in London I read a passage about one of the most traumatic days of my firefighting career form my book ‘Firefighting from within’. The chapter is called ‘Psychology of Motivations’ and you can see it on this months video blog (vlog). To learn more you can check out my book “Firefighting from within”, meanwhile … Continue reading »

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Is Culture The Culprit?

I came across a blog article this week titled 3 Unwritten Rules Of Firefighter Culture by former fire chief Les Karpluk. In the article he mentions that “A department’s culture can be the greatest force causing stress and frustration among firefighters.” I can certainly relate to that. He goes on to say that “There is no doubt that most … Continue reading »

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9 in 10 emergency services personnel are affected by stress and mental health problems

It would be an understatement to say that during my 25 year career as a firefighter, I have experienced stress at some point whilst working for the emergency services. That’s why I was relived last week when I saw the report that said “ Mind research finds stress affect nine in ten emergency services personnel ”. It … Continue reading »

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Giving back to the international community

Before I retired from the London Fire Brigade as a firefighter last year, I was doing some travelling and preparing for what to do next. During my travels I thought “why not give back to the world by sharing my knowledge and skills in a developing country”. On my travels last year I was in … Continue reading »

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My life and my profession

As 2015 dawned I reflected on my life and my profession. Two thoughts kept coming to my mind — What did being a firefighter mean to me  and what inspired me to begun this career? Just before leaving school I always wanted to be a firefighter. It was my desire  to serve the people, especially in … Continue reading »

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