Shot of Encouragement

Sometimes it’s hard to get back to the basics with all the noise


Debate and discussion are good for us and there is plenty of it out there in the fire service. I speak with a lot of you and hear your triumphs, troubles and mostly your frustrations. Keep in mind that as we like to say “every day is training day,” every day is also learning day.

There’s only so much you can change. Survey what you can and can’t and invest in what you can, inside yourself, your shift and your department.




Bill Carey is the online public safety news and blog manager with PennWell Public Safety, or more specifically FireRescue Magazine/,, and Bill started in the fire service, as a third generation firefighter in 1986, on the eastern shore of Maryland and then continued after moving to Prince George’s County. He served as a volunteer sergeant and lieutenant at Hyattsville. Bill’s writing has been on, Fire Engineering, FireRescue Magazine,, the Jones and Bartlett 2010 edition of “Fire Officer: Principles and Practice”, The Secret List and

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