Interactive Encourager Magazine

 

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Encouraging First Responders

 

Andrew Starnes

Andrew Starnes is a battalion chief with the Charlotte, North Carolina Fire Department and FCFInternational member.

 

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the fire ground commander The Ultimate Fire Ground Commander
"When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. 
 
When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! 
 
When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up-the flames will not consume you." (Isaiah 43:2)
 
Who is able to...
waging war within Waging War Within Inside this mind, a constant battle goes on... A fight between that I constantly lose even though it has already been won...
 
A fight between the flesh, doubt, and despair... A place of obscene regret, tears and anguish, and inward anger... 
saving others Saving Others and Destroying Ourselves Communication is important to safety on the fireground. See what the Bible has to say on this topic as Andrew Starnes walks us through this important subject.
leadership exemplified Leadership Exemplified It never fails, leaders will be attacked. See what the Bible has to say about this important subject and how Christian firefighters and first responders can be better leaders.
everyone goes home Everyone Goes Home What are your priorities and core values? Learn what the Bible has to say about encouraging one another and growing in your faith.
feeling unappreciated Feeling Unappreciated In today's fire service it is easy to feel unappreciated. Learn how to overcome this negative feeling and thrive in your relationship with Christ.
taking off the helmet Taking Off the Helmet Firefighters and first responders typically will bring their firefighting attitudes to their families. Learn what real families need and how we can be an encouragement.

 

Craig Duck

Craig Duck is the President/Missionart for FCFInternational and a member of the Boydton Volunteer Fire Department. Craig has over 35 years of experience in the fire service both career and volunteer. A retired lieutenant with the Washington, DC Fire Department Craig has a passion for studying the Bible and encouraging others to grow in their faith.

christmas lights Christmas Letter God has blessed our ministery in a mighty way in 2018. Read what God has done and how you may help.

 

Facing Firefighter Burn-Out? by Andrew Starnes

Perhaps it's time for some fire behavior training for our souls!
 
"For we all know so much, but we have forgotten what it all meant." (Ravi Zacharias).
 
As one travels along the path of life.... Read More

 

 

Thirteen Reasons Why by Daryl Clements

Thirteen Reasons WhyBy Daryl Clements, M.Div., NRPI work at a large firehouse where 15 of us are on duty each shift. We have been working so much overtime; it seems we rarely sleep in our normal rooms. As I turned on the TV in a room the other day, I realized there was no cable; I guess they use a stick to watch movies. As I began the process.... Read More

 

Tackling the Problem of Biblical Illiteracy in the Fire Service by Craig Duck

Our world is spinning out of control. One only has to watch the nightly news to see what I am talking about. Firefighters and first responders are regularly responding to emergencies that prove this point. People are dying every day, and we are forced to pick up the pieces. In a civil war in the middle east people are being starved to death to prove a political point. The United States has witnessed many terrorism events that firefighters Our world is spinning out of control. One only has to watch the nightly news to see what I am talking about. Firefighters and first responders are regularly responding to emergencies that prove this point. People are dying every day, and we are forced to pick up the pieces. In a civil war in the middle east people are being starved to death to prove a political point. The United States has witnessed many terrorism events that firefighters .... Read More

 

Billy Graham and the Fireman by Rick Barton FCFInternational member and wildland firefighter

On February 21, 2018 my close friend Billy Graham was "promoted to glory"!  Ok, I only met Mr. Graham briefly a few times, but he was the type of man you felt was a "close friend" even if you never met him.  After all, he was considered "America's Pastor" by Christians and non-Christians alike.  

Billy Graham never served as a fireman....

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Changing Tactics by Craig Duck President/Missionary FCFInternational and retired Lieutenant DCFD

Think back on all the emergencies you have responded to over the years. Have you ever had to switch tactics? Let's recap, strategy is the overarching plan of action that is developed to mitigate an emergency and return the area back to a sense of normalcy. A tactic, on the other hand,  is ....

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Three Goals Every Leader Should Strive For - by Craig Duck President/Missionary FCFInternational

The success of any organization or ministry depends upon its leaders. Remember, leadership is the ability to get others to follow. If you have been in the fire service for any length of time, you have probably run into many different leaders with various leadership styles. Some were good, and you gave them your all .... Read More

 

 

Recognizing a Firefighter in Distress - by Andrew Starnes FCFInternational Member

As firefighters, we are trained to recognize the signs of an impending flashover. Rapidly increasing temperatures, a non-tenable environment, thick turbulent smoke and then it happens... Read More

 

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I Will Loose - by Andrew Starnes FCFInternational Member

When facing trials, tribulations, and conflicts... I will lose... When facing doubt, disbelief, and disillusionment... I will lose... When facing grief, anger, and resentment... I will lose... Read More

 

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Firefighter or Employee - by Andrew Starnes FCFInternational Member

Have you ever witnessed a firefighter who is superb on the fire ground but completely incapable of getting along with others at the fire house?
 
This is a bigger problem than we may realize. What is it that they are missing?
 
Consider these examples .... Read More

 

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Reigniting Our Passion for Small Groups - by Craig Duck FCFInternational President/Missionary

Have you lost your passion to study the Bible? Is your life so busy that you never have time to study the Word of God? You are not alone. According to a recent study, only 9% of Americans read their Bible every day. I would imagine that even fewer regularly study what they are reading. The Fellowship of Christian Firefighters International (FCFInternational) wants to reignite your passion for Bible studies .... Read More

 

 

 

Do You Want Change in the Fire Service - by Andrew Starnes FCFInternational member

Do you want to change the fire service? Let us begin with the one we can change: Ourselves!
 
I have witnessed a common threat as I travel in the fire service. It is one that affects the small departments and the large. It affects the well paid and the volunteer firefighters. It is present in .... Read More

 

 

Mountain Story Showing Ownership - by Africa Fire Mission

There once was a village located on top of a steep mountain. On a regular basis, as people were coming down the mountain, they would slip off the trail and fall to the valley below. Many people were injured and some even killed.
 
A short-term team came to their village, saw this problem and wanted to do something about it. They thought about what they could do and .... Read More

 

 

The Story of the Broken Hand-Rail - by Andrew Starnes FCFInternational member

A lone individual walks slowly down a set of stairs when suddenly they slip & begin to fall...
 
This set of stairs they have traveled many times so they reach for the trusty and secure hand rail to steady themselves but...
 
It is no longer there...
 
Sadly, others have complained... Read More

 

Using Daily Devotion to Grow Your Faith - by Craig Duck 

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I have been blessed over the years to be in some pretty busy companies. As I worked along side of some of the best firefighters in the world, I gained a wealth of knowledge. Becoming a lieutenant in the Washington, DC Fire Department was one of the greatest joys as a firefighter that happened to me. I learned quickly .... Read More

 

 

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Firefighters Who Do You Serve - by Craig Duck President/Missionary FCFInternational

This is an action-packed question that could go in several different directions. We all serve somebody, whether we like to admit it or not. It doesn't matter if you are a rookie with one month of experience or the fire chief of the department with over 30 years of service, you must answer to someone. There are some in the fire service who believe .... Read More

 

 

 

 

The Living Definition of Perseverance - by Andrew Starnes Captain Charolette Fire Department and FCFInternational member.

Many people talk of being strong until their faith is tested, they face hard times, or tragedy touches their lives. The measure of one's beliefs is not during fair weather but how they compose themselves during the storms of life. The very definition of perseverance is .... Read More

 

 

 

5 Keys to Success in the Fire Service - by Craig Duck President and Missionary FCFInternational

If we are truly being honest with each other, we all want to succeed in the fire service. Nobody starts out on this journey wanting to fail. Whether you serve in a paid department or a volunteer department, we all want to deliver the goods and do whatever it takes to succeed. But how do we accomplish this goal .... Read More

 

 

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The Need for Additional Resources - by Craig Duck President/Missionary FCFInternational

Since the birth of the incident command system (ICS), the fire service has latched on to several critical phrases. One of those phrases that many incident commanders utilize on the radio is "the need for additional resources." A well respected battalion chief that I worked for would often ask .... Read More

 

 

 

 
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