Alarm Box Blog

There is nothing truer than the fact that firefighters and first responders have opinions and they aren’t afraid to share them. The Alarm Box Blog is intended to present some thoughts that cause folks to think about and discuss current events and fire topics.

Sanitation of Society

There seems to be a disturbing trend in society that is contradictory to the norms and values of first responders and the public in general.

We are experiencing a society where truth is no longer considered a virtue. It is becoming a society where manufactured news goes beyond being managed to fit a viewpoint to where news defies logic and critical thinking. With the sanitation of our physical environment, our emotional environment is changing as well. As an adult, we rationalize the events and demands being put upon us by the Corona Virus. Children have not developed coping skills to the same level, and to them, it appears that the sky is falling.

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Accepted Perception Of Homeless May Not Fit

Accepted Perception Of Homeless May Not Fit

People in the know estimated that there were 600,000 homeless people nationwide just six years ago. Now the numbers are in the millions. The potential to encounter homelessness has now become standard for all people in all communities.

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Take Note Of The Fear In Their Eyes

Trauma Is Experienced By Children Witnessing a Fire or Medical Emergency

They sit quietly in the garage with only the occasional blast on the horn or short siren wale, when showing off for youngsters from the local school or a young friend of the family who has stopped by the firehouse. On occasion, their parents have pulled over to accommodate the passing of apparatus or ambo on the way to a call. Generally, any encounter a youngster has with a fire truck may be a little bit intimidating but very much under control and friendly.

Now, put yourself in that same youngster’s shoes as one or more of those big trucks suddenly comes down their street code 3 with lights and sirens blaring. To say nothing of the organized chaos that follows when the trucks stops in front of a neighbor’s home. Whether a medical emergency or a fire, the complexity of the relationship between a child and the fire department changes dramatically.

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Volunteer Fire Fighting Recruiting & Retention

When all is said and done, people become volunteer fire fighters because they get satisfaction out 
of doing something others can’t or won’t do. They become 1st responders for the self-satisfaction. Changing personal value motivations and the demands of time are requiring fundamental changes toward more family-oriented community volunteering activities.

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As a first responder, sharing the ugly truth is emotional first aid

As a First Responder, Sharing the Ugly Truth is Emotional First Aid

Doing and experiencing the job of a first responder creates an environment that fosters stress, PTSD, negative family issues, and at it’s worst, suicide. Couple that with internal department politics and the fact that your every move is documented by and displayed on social media it is amazing that anyone comes out of the job mentally in one piece, if any do.

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Departments Still Under Pressure to Fill Quotas

Shouldn’t Firefighters Be Hired For Who They Are Not What They Are?

Certainly, gender and ethnicity should not bar anyone from becoming part of our family, but gender and ethnicity should not override the qualities necessary to do the job safely and efficiently.

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Is the Changing Personality of the Job Hurting Recruiting?

Across the country, it is reported that recruiting and retaining fire fighters is becoming more difficult. While this decline initially impacted volunteer departments, full time paid departments are beginning to see their waiting lists shrink to nil. Even more challenging is the fact that paid departments are experiencing difficulties with retaining fire fighters that are trained and experienced. There are now two market segments to be addressed when recruiting individuals for the fire service.

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Generation “Y” Part II – What to Say…

Generation Y’ers are task-orientated, but the task instructions must be detailed. Their structured upbringing requires of them to only do exactly as asked and outlined.

If for example, a new Gen Y firefighter when given the assignment to clean up the day room will set about doing just that. Should the kitchen area be included in the day room area, the dirty dishes in the sink may go untouched. Nobody said anything about doing the dishes.

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