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Leading Throughout Probation and Beyond in the Fire Service: Part 2
Leading Throughout Probation and Beyond in the Fire Service: Part 2
Chris Baker
Blog Articles
You have survived the first week as a probationary firefighter in the best career in the world. However, you might need to pinch yourself because you possibly feel like you just won the lottery. The first week undoubtedly went by so fast that it feels like a blur and you are still in the process of trying to find out how you will "fit in" to the fi
Leading Throughout Probation and Beyond in the Fire Service
Leading Throughout Probation and Beyond in the Fire Service
Chris Baker
Blog Articles
From our first day in the fire service, we have the opportunity to be a leader and lead throughout probation and well beyond, until long after our retirement. This article is not the perfect recipe or golden ticket to pass probation. It takes more than a list of rules to be successful in passing probation. Ultimately, the responsibility of passing
Maintaining-the-Work-and-Life-Balance Cover Photo Courtesy: California Fire Foundation
Maintaining the Work and Life Balance
Chris Baker
Blog Articles
In my fire service career, I have worked many different shift schedules. When I started as a volunteer, I signed up for 24-hour shifts on a Kelly Schedule as a paid reserve. About a year later, I received the opportunity to be a wildland firefighter and transitioned to the 72-hour shift schedule. As a wildland firefighter, I soon discovered what st
Faith, Family, Friends and the Fire Service
Chris Baker
Blog Articles
  It has been a little over a year since my last blog article.   I have faced some challenges this past year and I welcome this opportunity to share how I overcame those hurdles.  It is in my own personal opinion; that it is from those trials that is when we truly learn who we are.  The motto of the fire service is to impro
What is a tactical athlete?
Chris Baker
Blog Articles
  Prior to the pursuit of my dream career position in the fire service, my original dream was representing the United States as an Olympic Hopeful for the sport of Greco-Roman wrestling.  I spent the majority of my childhood and early adult life preparing for the opportunity to be a member of Team USA Wrestling.  I started my athleti
Why I Became a Public Safety Servant
Why I Became a Public Safety Servant
Chris Baker
Blog Articles
I will never forget the day I signed up to be a volunteer firefighter for my community. In 2005, I can recall watching the devastation on TV from the natural disaster Hurricane Katrina and Rita in the Gulf Region of the United States. I felt like I needed to help in some form or fashion; I wanted to do something. At the time, in my local area of Ca
Are you a Change Magnet?
Chris Baker
Blog Articles
Do you embrace change or do you resist it?  Do you approach a conversation with an open mind or do you approach the discussion with a closed mind?  Are you willing to accept technological advances or discredit them?  Are you willing to pull up a chair at the table and join the conversation? I am a humble public servant.  My ulti

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