Editorial

RescueDigest presents fully original editorial articles on topics of leadership, education and career development in emergency services.

Brotherhood

Brotherhood

Brotherhood extends beyond boundaries of age, sex, pay, service and locality. You can meet brothers in emergency services from anywhere in the world, male and female, paid and volunteer, union and non-union. In fact, this brotherhood extends to pretty much anyone who wants to join, provided they understand what brotherhood means and are willing to give of themselves before asking to take.

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A New RescueDigest

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2012 was unique in many ways, but like every year since I became a member of this community what I saw and heard this past year made me proud to count myself among the brotherhood of emergency responders.

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Sandy Hook, Newtown Connecticut Shooting

Newtown

As you may know, Rescue Digest is located in Western Connecticut, just a few minutes away from the town of Newtown. While Rescue Digest consists of only two regular staff, many of our contributors are emergency responders who live or work in and around Sandy Hook, one literally next door to where the incident took place.

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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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Life Safety Educators – Should They Be Integral to Community Safety?

Five Questions (and YOUR Answers) for anyone interested in Life Safety Education   1)    For readers involved in community’s emergency/disaster planning, do you include individuals providing Life Safety Education in the planning phases? Why, or why not? 2)    Who provides Life Safety Education in your community? 3)    Do you provide details to your Life Safety Educators so that they can ...

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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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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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Searching and Learning:

  As Educators Must We Still Seek Learning When It Becomes Difficult? The other day I StumbledUpon an article explaining the different laws of physics that work to keep airplanes, well, in the air and how what I thought I knew about aerodynamics was wrong. Having gone to engineering school at one time, I was intrigued.

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What Message Does Your Service Send?

GOAL: To ensure that members of your organization understand that everything they do affects your organization’s Public Image. Public Image is Public Sentiment, Public Sentiment is Public Support, and Public Support affects your ability to operate, regardless of your organization’s status as a public or private entity. Everything You Do In Uniform or With Your Vehicle Says… (What’s Message?) You ...

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