Average Jake Podcast Notes – Part 2

After a great response to our last podcast together, Robby invited me back for the second round of book discussion, this time talking about our top five books every fire officer should read. I enjoyed talking books with Robby and especially enjoyed the thinking and reflecting required to come up with—and narrow down—this list. Officers... Continue Reading →

Average Jake Podcast Notes

I recently had the pleasure of being a guest on an episode of the Average Jake Firefighter Podcast where Robby Owens and I had a great discussion on 10+ books every firefighter should read. The recommended books cover a wide variety of topics pertinent to today’s successful, well-rounded firefighter. We recommended and discussed books that... Continue Reading →

First In, Last Out – Required Reading

“We don’t stand behind our people, or put ourselves above them. We lead out front, where everyone can see us.” Leadership quite the hot topic in the fire service right now, and rightfully so. In a line of work that literally requires members to put their lives on the line, there is an institutional need... Continue Reading →

From PTSD to PTG – Required Reading

Post Traumatic Growth At 2018’s FDIC conference I had the opportunity to sit in on Dr. David Griffin’s lecture on Post Traumatic Growth, or PTG. I’m embarrassed to say that I had no idea who Dr. Griffin was before walking into the room that Wednesday morning. When he began telling the story of the Charleston... Continue Reading →

Deep Survival – Required Reading

  “Survival is the celebration of choosing life over death. We know we’re going to die. We all die. But survival is saying: perhaps not today.” -Laurence Gonzales, Deep Survival If you’re a firefighter and haven’t read Deep Survival, do yourself, your crew, and your family a favor and devour that book right now. In... Continue Reading →

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