You all know by now that Rhett and I have just returned from a trip to Northern Kentucky and Ohio. As with all of our travels, this journey was special. We didn’t know that it would be when we headed out. We’ve described our latest experience as a “home coming” , “emotional” and near “spiritual”. Even now, words can’t describe a lot of what we see, hear and share together while out on the road.

We have some great conversations. With the people we meet yes but, I’m talking about just between the two of us … while driving. We’ve even talked about taking the “zoom” and recording our conversations while traveling (we haven’t yet but should).

On this trip, we talked a lot about “motivation”. Why isn’t everyone as motivated about the job as we are? How can we motivate them? Who can motivate them? It’s a great discussion.

My name even popped up (of course it was just the two of us in the van). On a recent trip, someone called me “America’s Fire Captain”….LOL! I don’t know about all that but I will say that America’s Fire Service is in need of more “leaders” to step forward.

Rhett and I have actually been tossing around and working on our own “motivational speaking/speech” presentation … one  geared specifically towards Fire/EMS although I’m not sure who would want to hear it (I know plenty who need to).

Anyway, I’ve heard 2 GREAT motivational speeches in the past few weeks. The first, came from good friend and “True” Fire Service Leader Chief Billy Goldfeder. He was speaking to a graduating class of Fire Cadets.

See my post  “How to motivate a Rookie” by clicking HERE

The second, Rhett turned me onto while driving to Ohio. This speech is also being delivered to a group of graduates. The audience here is a class from the US Air Force Academy. The speaker is General Welsh USAFE  CC. My title is a quote from his presentation.

The video is just over 50 minutes long…. TRUST ME …. don’t hit play until you’re dedicated to watching the entire video … IT WILL BE THE BEST 50 MINUTES YOU’VE SPENT TODAY!

Stay Safe and in House!!  Thanks for reading..

Captain Wines

  • ShamrockDriver

    Haven’t watched the video but wanted to comment before doing so. I have had the same conversation many times as we sit out back of The Shamrock Express solving the world’s and the fire dept.’s problems. To me it comes down to one of, if not a combination of, three things. Generation, hiring and economics. Generation-Born in ’63 to a man who would retire from the USMC as a Sgt. Maj. I think I’m more like my old man than I like to admit at times. That being said when I took this job I knew I would retire from it. Many of today’s generation don’t have a problem with leaving for somewhere else, better or not, at a moments notice. Not saying that’s bad, it it what it is. Where I would feel ties to my hometown and dept. others, usually younger, don’t have those constraints and therefore, in my mind, commitment. Hiring-How many are on The Job for money and stability alone? I got on because I WANTED to be a firefighter. It was a calling for me not a job but The Job. Here’s where generation has no effect. Young people, twentysomethings, who want to be on The Job as opposed to getting a job have the commitment that older generations seemed to have. For those who want a steady pay check and benefits alone,they don’t. Economics-How many years of being told to do more with less does one go through before they don’t care anymore? Luckily this last one hasn’t effected me. Like I said it was a calling for me. Besides where else can I go at 48 with just a highschool education and make as much money as I do now AND have as much fun as I do? Now let me go and watch the video. As always, Stay Safe Brother.

    • Well said Brother … as we both know so well …. you’re one of the few who “get it”. Thanks for following and taking the time to comment …. beers on me next time in Charlotte.

      • ShamrockDriver

        Just stumbled across a site, firehousezen.com . Haven’t read more than the first page, actually just the post on sacrifice(last one on the page first page I scanned). I think he hits the nail on the head about leadership…it takes sacrifice. You might like it Capt. Wines. Again, Stay Safe Brother.

  • Capt. Wines,
    I wanted to thank you for sharing this video. I had no idea what to expect, but just like you said, it was a well spent 50 minutes. I’ll definately be sharing it with our guys.