Picture above: Gray Williams-CSFD Chaplain, Brian Benedict, Nathan Raulie Station 14, Brad Starling Training, Austin Pugh Station 4 Honor Guard, Mike Bennett Denver Sheriff Dept, Matt Seube Station 11
Within a few minutes of meeting these firefighters from Colorado Springs their hospitality made us feel comfortable and at ease. Colorado Springs is a beautiful location and we met many amazing veterans and new recruits during our time there. Each professional and many from cities around the country to be part of this wonderful organization. As I left I couldn’t help thinking about the word Team.
What does it take to work as a team?
No matter whether you’re a police officer or firefighter it’s vital to understand teamwork. Inside each station, shift or crew I find that teamwork relies on a few things to make the team strong.
- Respect for one another.
- The ability for an individual to place value on others. How do you show it to others? How do you earn it from others?
“You can’t make the other fellow feel important in your presence if you secretly feel that he is a nobody” Les Giblin
- Shared experiences.
- All police and firefighters have similar experiences. Attacking a fire or saving a life is the same no matter where we’re at.
- In order to succeed all must have an investment in your mission and all must believe in each others experiences.
- Developing trust through your shared experiences.
- Trusting others with your life.
- Giving before receiving
- Developing a foundation of friendship relies on your ability to give first.
- Listen to others. Ask them questions
- Enjoy the moment
- During difficult times remember we’re all in this together.
- In addition to having respect for another, your shared experiences, trust and an ear to listen is to enjoy the moment. It’s gone before we know it.
I want to thank Colorado Springs Fire Department for a very enjoyable event. I look forward to seeing you again soon.
My journey began as a private in the united states army. I’ve been stationed at Ft Bragg, Ft Gordon, Ft Jackson and after reenlisting I did a tour of duty in Karlsruhe Germany. I left the service with experience and a passion for helping others. Today I’m a retired firefighter that helps police officers, firefighters and family with the Police and Firemen’s Insurance Association.
Midwest Manager, Police and Firemen’s Insurance Association
US Army Veteran, Sgt.
John Maxwell Certified Leadership Speaker, Trainer, Coach