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Tagged With: Firefighter

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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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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You Don’t Have to Be a firefighter to be firefighter fit

Whilst going to a fire call once as a firefighter I was climbing the stars with my co-firefighter whom was also a bodybuilder in his spare time. We had our breathing apparatus donned and when we got to the top of the fourth floor and my co-firefighter was breathing so heavy I thought f–k he is … 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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Why I regret whistle-blowing (And Maybe You Should Too)

Whistle-blowers are usually motivated by a sense of social justice. It can be an act of free speech. It can also destroy your life — something that almost happened to me. Before I go there, let me just point out the most startling example of this in recent times. That is none other than US whistle-blower, Edward … 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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