Tag Archives: Mindfulness

MBAT Firefighter Training, Session 1

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MBAT–Mindfulness Based Attention Training, is a University of Miami study funded by the Department of Defense to determine if mindfulness training can impact firefighter stress and resiliency in a positive way.  My department, Miami Dade Fire Rescue, is the guinea pig.  I first wrote about it in my blog Jedi Mind Training, but my crew and […]

Jedi Mind Training

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Jedi Mind Training.  That’s what I keep telling my crew we’re doing.  Who doesn’t want to be a Jedi Knight?  But to be one takes focus.  Concentration.  Attention honed to a blade-like sharpness.  And frankly these skills in the fire service have been sliding away the last six or so years like blood down a […]

Peace & Chaos

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It’s Sunday morning in Dade County, Florida.  I’m working on Engine 66 and so far, before noon, we’ve run on a woman suffering from delirium tremens due to alcohol withdrawal, a “male having a breakdown”, threatening to kill himself and his wife, and a sweet 93 year old lady born in 1921.  So much for […]

HEED Bottles and Boot Knives

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My friend and I had lunch the other day in Key Largo.  She’s a devoted wife and mother of two little boys and lives in Miami, a city crisscrossed by canals and dotted with small man-made lakes.  As I walked to her car and watched her get in, I noticed that she carried a center […]