Planning Section Chief- Type 1 Incident called Life

Do you know THE Planning Section Chief?

BringingBackBrotherhood

Planning Section Chief:
“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed” Proverbs

During the course of an incident, as it begins to progress in size and complexity the planning section is established. This member is responsible for collecting, evaluating, and disseminating information about the development of the incident.

While the ‘fires’ of our lives are being fought, we must also be simultaneously: taking care of our family and their needs, pay the bills, buy and prepare meals, and complete the long list of to-do’s in life that are necessary to keep things running (Dr. appointments, oil changes, home maintenance, and on, and on).

How distracted we can become when a crisis consumes our focus! We are taught to avoid the dreaded tunnel vision in the world of firefighting but when your child falls ill can we be expected to maintain that level of professional calmness?

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Planning Section Chief- Type 1 Incident called Life

Planning Section Chief:
“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed” Proverbs

During the course of an incident, as it begins to progress in size and complexity the planning section is established. This member is responsible for collecting, evaluating, and disseminating information about the development of the incident.

While the ‘fires’ of our lives are being fought, we must also be simultaneously: taking care of our family and their needs, pay the bills, buy and prepare meals, and complete the long list of to-do’s in life that are necessary to keep things running (Dr. appointments, oil changes, home maintenance, and on, and on).

How distracted we can become when a crisis consumes our focus! We are taught to avoid the dreaded tunnel vision in the world of firefighting but when your child falls ill can we be expected to maintain that level of professional calmness?

Think of a time when something major happened in your life; and remember how much of your time, focus, and energy it consumed. What would you have given to have someone taking care of the entire entire infrastructure’ of your life while you face down adversity?

To have an individual supporting us during the course of life’s “big incidents” who is calmly planning for the next step is a priceless commodity. My friends, this is the comfort we have in Christ during these trials.

The Bible tells us that if we “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and then all things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:3) To surround ourselves with wise Christian counsels who help hold us accountable is God’s definition of success.

As we form and invest in relationships throughout our lives we may sacrifice our time, our money, and our schedule to help someone. But then, when our life comes crashing down; we can take comfort in knowing that God will provide someone to help us during our trials.

Who do we go to first?

“Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.” (Psalm 119:24).

God’s word is also our counselor. We should seek Him out daily in prayer, study, and worship. The more we spend time with Him the more at peace we will be in good times and bad. This ‘peace that passes all understanding’ comes from being reconciled to God.

To put it simply, our hearts are at rest because we know He has forgiven us and has made a way for us. This is peace during the storm that cannot be bought.

The Application:
God provides us with three ways to receive Counsel:

1) The Holy Spirit- This is “The Counselor, He will teach you all things.” (John 14:26). If you have accepted Christ in to your heart, pray earnestly each and every day for guidance especially before making a decision. He will give you the words and direction.

2) God’s word- “Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.” Your word is a light to my path” Psalm 119:24. Even in the darkest trials, we can find hope in His word. It is only through His word that we find true comfort because everyone else will seem to try to know what you’re going through but only those who have walked a mile in your shoes can understand. Jesus has done this-by being tempted, by being angered, by being betrayed, by being persecuted, by being homeless, by being wrongly imprisoned, and by being crucified for a crime He did not commit. He has ‘bore every burden’ we may face.

3) Godly Counsel- By surrounding ourselves with wise mentors who will help keep us accountable, who will encourage us, and guide us through the difficult times in life their relationship allows us to persevere through it all. Throughout our lives, it means so much to have individuals who you trust show up at the right time, with the right words, and with big shoulders to hold you up. We must be about the business of investing in relationships.

In closing, the next time we are facing one of life’s big trials take comfort in knowing ‘The Planning Section Chief’ has been watching over us our entire lives. He awaits our call, He longs for us to seek Him out with all our heart, and He is there among our trusted counsel providing the words, the comfort, and the needs of our heart that only God could know.

Brotherhood: A Re-Introduction

#Brotherhood -A Re-Introduction:

Let us begin…

There once was a noble profession known as firefighting and then those who loved it most fought for it the least.

Their once unstoppable passion for the calling was replaced with the search for fame, recognition, and authority. Division replaced unity, bitterness replaced brotherhood, the calling became a career, and firefighters became employees. All the while politics and policy makers saw this as an opportunity to continue to divide us.

For if we are divided while searching for our own success, our focus is distracted, and our strength is diminished due to our loss of the greatest tradition in the fire service:
Brotherhood

This is not a fictional story. This is the slow erosion of our values and beliefs right in front of our very eyes. We choose to ignore it, and not believe that it is true but think for a moment about the following questions:

Are you tired of the negativity in the fire service?

Have you noticed the increasing trend of our brothers and sisters struggling?

Do you believe that we do a great job of helping others but fail at helping one another sometimes?

Have ever felt this way?

Has your once passionate desire for the fire service been diminished by others?

Do you feel abandoned?

“For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion, I will bring you back” Isaiah 54:7


In 2010 God put a burden on a firefighter’s heart. The fire service had become a spiritual detriment but then God opened the eyes of that blind firefighter and showed him what it truly is:



A great spiritual opportunity to encourage one another!



With that in mind, God began the process. He wiped away the bitterness that had become part of the soul. He replaced it with compassion for those who had hurt, betrayed, and drained the soul of this lost firefighter. 



This Lost Firefighter has been found and has begun to see others as God sees them. 



Firefighters everywhere are hurting, they need encouragement, and the painful realization that occurred is that God had not failed them. It was the firefighter who had failed. He chose to let the world drain his passion. He allowed others to change his attitude. He drank the poison of bitterness and blamed the world.

Does this sound familiar to you? 

You are not alone…

Welcome to a place where we all can recharge, vent, be encouraged, and receive comfort.

Welcome to Bringing Back Brotherhood.

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#Firefighter-Enabler or Encourager?

#Firefighter -Enabler or Encourager?

“Brothers if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently, but watch yourself or you also may be tempted” Galatians 6:1

Have you ever felt the weight of another’s burden?

Have you ever tried out of compassion to help someone by shouldering their load?

How did it make you feel when that person fell back into their old troublesome ways as soon as you stopped helping them?

Where is the line between being a compassionate servant and a naive enabler?

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the Law of Christ” Galatians 6:9

As firefighters we are used to stepping in and carrying the burden of another but are we missing the point of this verse?

There are times when we are to lend a hand and there are times we should not.

But we should always be willing to offer them our heart.

The pain of watching someone you love fail is a heavy burden but the pain of them never learning from it can be a lifelong disaster.

God disciplines those that He loves just as parents discipline their children out of love. It is not punishment as it is a correcting loving guidance that brings us back to the right path often with a few scrapes and bruises to remember it by.

Consider this:

The removal of adversity doesn’t make someone’s life easier, it makes yours harder. By taking ownership of their problems, they will never have any, and will continually be at your doorstep pleading for help.

We learn as toddlers how to walk. We wobble, fall, and shed a few tears.

Do our parents react angrily that we have fallen? No, they rejoice when we rise up and take another step in the right direction towards them.

The Application:

As we face the next opportunity to help someone let us pause long enough to ask:

1) Are we fixing a short term(acute) need or a long term(chronic) need?

2) Are their physical needs met? Food, shelter, clothing, etc. if not do not withhold from them if this is in your power to do so. We seldom can focus on resolving our issues if we are homeless, hungry, and cold.

3) Is anyone teaching/mentoring them through their struggle? Are we getting in the way of that process?

4) Will my actions (however well intended) help or hinder them in their journey?

We are all called to love, serve, and lead but we must remember that we may be getting in the way of the moment this person needs to experience.

Do not take this as advice not to help others. It is not the intent of this writing to stop anyone from helping another but rather the opposite.

If we all would put more thought and prayer into our “helping” of others we may find ourselves helping them in ways we never dreamed possible.

Let us help one another grow through hard times not merely remove them altogether. Adversity is a necessary process for growth; let us come along side of others and help them grow.

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Tactical Personal Ventilation

#Firefighters -The need to vent:

Have you ever felt the pressures of life, the job, and stress mounting up to such a point that you felt you were going to explode?

We know that pressurized cylinders and containers have devices in place to relieve the pressure if it reaches a dangerous level. These PRV’s are there to help alleviate the pressure and bring things back to a manageable level.

What about our own personal need to “alleviate pressure and bring things back to a manageable level?”

What happens when we don’t alleviate the pressures of life and we explode on the ones we love?

Is it fair to our loved ones that “our stressors” have now caused collateral damage to their lives?

Let go of anger and leave rage behind! Don’t get upset—it will only lead to evil. (Psalms 37:8 CEB

Where can we go?

Who can we talk to?

As firefighters, we do everything together yet we seem to forget that we are not meant to carry these burdens alone.

The Application:

1) There is strength is numbers:

From the very beginning, each of us should seek out a group that we may confide in. They should be a frequent number on our call list.

“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion.” Ecclesiastes 4:9

2) Lift each other up:

But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. (Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10 NASB)

Too often we think that we must provide the answers for the troubles that our friends and loved ones face. This is a great failure on our part.

Our role is to show up, shut up, and lift up. It is God who ultimately provides the answers and healing. It is our role to be the “hands and feet of Christ” which means to physically show up in the lives of those who are hurting around us.

In closing, we all need someone to vent to. It takes a true friend to let us unload our burdens without thinking we are aiming our frustrations at them. It takes a true friend to tell you what you need to hear and not what you want to hear in those moments. Step up and be that friend to a hurting brother or sister today!

You may be the answer to their prayer.

God Bless

Modern Fire Behavior-same old science

Door Control: There’s nothing new under the sun.

Project Kill The Flashover is finishing up a week here at South Carolina Fire Academy. Even though the weather changed our plans from testing extreme fire behavior to dealing with extreme weather behavior; the amount of learning that took place was huge!

The “Flow Path” of learning was intense. Some of the world’s smartest minds were here from Germany, Canada, Sweden, and all across the USA.

One of the most profound pieces of learning that has occurred is that this is not “new information.”

“On the first discovery of fire, it is the utmost consequence to shut, and keep shut all windows, doors, and other openings. It may often be observed, after a house has been on fire, that one floor is comparatively untouched, while those above and below are nearly burned out, this arises from a door in that particular floor having been shut, and the air track (draught) directed else where.”

James Braidwood, London Fire Establishment 1866

We are a grass roots effort working to educate the fire service about things we already know.

Let’s impact change together! We are ants in an ant colony and it requires all of us working together.

If you are interested in changing the fire service by preventing firefighters burns and deaths then come and join the movement.

Www.killtheflashover.com
@ktfburns
@starnes03
You tube: Project Kill The Flashover
Facebook: Project Kill The Flashover
And you can do online training at
South Carolina Fire Academy’s website.

A Different View On The Promotional Process

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A Different View On The Promotional Process

In our fire service journey, we come to the threshold of an important decision:

Do we take the next step?

Many of us prepare diligently for the process and do well. Let us stop for a moment and consider a few points:

Before we promote, we must perform an honest self assessment and ask these questions:

Have we put as much effort into our current position as we have preparing for the next one?

What are our underlying motivations for promotion? Financial reasons, authority, or is this about making a difference?

Are we preparing to pass the test or are we preparing to be an officer, a leader, and one who inspires others?

Many firefighters become disheartened after promotion because they had a false vision of their future reality.

The reality of leadership is this:

It’s not about you! It’s about serving, leading…

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