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Latest in managing a live-in program recognizes morale and dinner.

Former Bladensburg (MD) live-in firefighter Adam Cole shares the seldom recognized value that dinner can have on a department’s morale.

“I have spent some time as a live-in with, undoubtedly, one of the country’s busiest volunteer departments. In the time that I spent I learned many lessons, skills, techniques, and about life in general. I will always remember when I first moved in; I was given a rookie book and thrown to the wolves. The guys made me work and train. They held me responsible for every hour of the day. I understood this. I was paving my way into the department and I climbed out of the same hole that every “probie” did for years before me. What I did not understand was dinner time.”

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