Career Development

RescueDigest Career Development Items

RescueDigest GOTW: Mentor Someone

GOAL OF THE WEEK As an emergency responder you’re already out there working hard to make the world a better place. Every day your To-Do list fills up quickly with daily chores and responsibilities and at the end of the day there are plenty of things that we still SHOULD be doing for ourselves and those we care for. By ...

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One Door Opens, Another One Closes

Wait, Isn’t it supposed to be the other way around with doors? Over the past three years I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to try my hand at writing (articles and textbooks), research (American Heart and Stroke Associations) and presenting (Lectures and Workshops). These are all things that, as was true about my introduction to emergency services in the late ...

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RescueDigest GOTW: Retirement Savings

With pay rates being what they are for Emergency Responders, it can be difficult to earn enough to cover our bills (even with multiple jobs), let alone put away any savings. But when you’re saving for a rainy day, the storm clouds may gather sooner than you think. It’s never too early to start putting money aside, once you’ve taken a few smart steps.

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Wearing Stress Like a Badge of Honor

Stress: There’s no doubt that to work in any branch of emergency services, you have to have a passion for it. For those of us who volunteer, we do it like it’s our job. For those of us for whom it’s our job, we get paid as if we’re volunteering.

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RescueDigest GOTW: Pick a Policy (Learn One)

This week we’re suggesting a different kind of goal. As Emergency Responders a great deal of what we do is governed by and relies on policies and protocols. So occasionally our Goal of the Week (#GOTW) will fall into the Pick-a-Policy (or Protocol) category and deal specifically with how we can make our jobs better by taking small steps to either improve the policies themselves or at least the way that we interact with them.

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RescueDigest GOTW: Pay Off Debt

With pay rates being what they are for Emergency Responders, it can be difficult to earn enough to cover our bills (even with multiple jobs), let alone pay off debt. But once you start to get into debt, that debt can pile up like a wreck on Interstate-84. Seriously, have you seen how people drive on that road?

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The Five Rules Of Firefighting That Can Improve Your Life

Rules of the fireground can help you back at the firehouse and at home (even if you’re not a firefighter).   These five rules are short and simple, on the verge of obvious but they’re crucial to the survival of every working firefighter. They aren’t meant to be read out of a handbook while in the heat of combat, but ...

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