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Mark vonAppen
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MARK vonAPPEN, a member of the Palo Alto (CA) Fire Department since 1998, is assigned to the Suppression Division where he holds the rank of captain. He is a committee member for California State Fire Training and has contributed to the development of Firefighter Survival and Rapid Intervention curriculums. He is an instructor for the Santa Clara County Joint Fire Academy, a recruit Instructor for Palo Alto Fire, and a member of the “Nobody Gets Left Behind” training group.
MARK vonAPPEN, a member of the Palo Alto (CA) Fire Department since 1998, is assigned to the Suppression Division where he holds the rank of captain. He is a committee member for California State Fire Training and has contributed to the development of Firefighter Survival and Rapid Intervention curriculums. He is an instructor for the Santa Clara County Joint Fire Academy, a recruit Instructor for Palo Alto Fire, and a member of the “Nobody Gets Left Behind” training group.

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It has been a long time since I've published something, but it's time for this one to come out.  I've been sitting on this post for quite a while as I question just where my priorities sometimes lie.  
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Reflections
By Mark vonAppen "Are you really all-in-all-the-time?" No.   Unfortunately, this is something I struggle with mightily. I try to wrap my head around the who-the-hell-are-you-and-just-what-is-it-you-think-you're-doing-thing every day.  I struggle with the qu...
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Patches, Apparel, and Stickers
If you'd like to show you're FULLY INVOLVED, we just received some 2" x 2" all black rubber patches that are perfect for sewing onto a gear bag, tactical gear, or whatever you choose! Quantities are extremely limited!   Patches are just $10.00 each ($11.00 ...
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The journey is the destination.
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The Long Road
By Mark vonAppen Most all of us enter into our career in the fire service blind with ideology; thinking that we can master the learning curve and become difference makers.  We seek to augment growth, foster development, and provide support to our brothers a...
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We Don't Need To Whisper
By Mark vonAppen Let's be real.  After all, that's what this whole Fully Involved idea is predicated on - honesty and trust. Without it, we have nothing.  Put it out there where we can't take it back . S top whispering in the shadows about our way of doing ...
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8 Minutes
By Mark vonAppen I wake up to a spunky gal standing at the foot of my hospital gurney in bright blue scrubs and a skull and crossed bones bandana.   She says my name. I stir from my fog.  Sleepy from medication and an irregular heart rate of 61 to 190.  I s...
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If we are doing our jobs, we are preparing to win every day.
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Prepare To Win
Photo by author By Mark vonAppen There is a way of doing things that spoils the ending for us every time.  It's about having a standard of performance that is communicated and understood from the bottom of the organization to the top.  It's called preparing...
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