The reflection pool at the site of the South Tower of the World Trade Center at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City on August 16, 2012. (Bruce Knoll Jr/ Notions of Knoll)
Living in South Jersey, we’re within only a few hours of driving to New York City—“The city that never sleeps.” Times Square, The Rockefeller Center, Central Park, The United Nations, and dozens of other tourist destinations draw millions of visitors to the city each year.
Thanks to my girlfriend who has a love for the arts, I’ve been in the city rather frequently the last few years, and have taken in many of the tourist attractions myself. But not a trip goes by where the events of September 11th don’t cross my mind. Continue reading
Consider challenging yourself this fall and getting back into the classroom. Photo courtesy flickr user ijames.
As I’m sure you’re aware, the “Ice Bucket Challenge” has been taking the social media world by storm, with users flocking to dump water on their heads in support of the ALS Foundation.
And the campaign has been extremely successful, with at least $30 million Continue reading
The aftermath of a deadly fire in Philadelphia on July 5, 2014 that killed 4 young children. Photo courtesy ABC7.
Last week, a fiery blaze that ripped through ten buildings in Philadelphia claimed the lives of four young children. It also claimed national headlines after the parents of the children killed criticized the fire department and crowds of supporters gathered outside a firehouse to protest the department. Continue reading
Today, just as our society has every second Sunday of May since 1908, we celebrate our mothers. And as I sit thinking about the holiday, and all of the things that makes mothers like mine great, I couldn’t help but think of the role a mother plays in the fire service. Continue reading
In the age of up-to-the-second news, thanks to an ever changing and improving technology field, social media has become a part of everyday life – for better or for worse. And the fire service has been by no means exempt from the social media spectrum.
But make no mistake—social media can present Continue reading
A firehouse close to the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant with a memorial for those killed in the disaster. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
Nuclear power is abundant across the world today, thanks in part to the US and former Soviet Union’s research and competitiveness during the Cold War.
But one April night in 1986 proved that this nuclear power had deadly consequences, and has left many Soviet firefighters in the same situation those who responded to Ground Zero face today. Continue reading
Internal conflicts can take a toll on department members, but using effective techniques can turn conflict into confidence. Photo via U.S. Navy/WikiCommons.
*This article appeared in the March 19 edition of the Cape May County Herald.*
Conflict is a basic human interaction—it has been since our cavemen ancestors fought over who got to sleep in what cave.
So naturally, conflict is a common occurrence in the fire service. And it can be a good thing, if certain steps are taken to ensure the conflict is constructive.
But more often than not, conflict is nothing more than lots of shouting that puts both sides no closer to a resolution or agreement. Continue reading