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Help Me Celebrate My Birthday!

Posted in Choices, Education, Family, Inspirational People, Leadership, Life and Lifestyle, Relationships with tags , , , , , , on September 5, 2012 by firefighterselfrescue

On 9/20/12, I’m turning 36. And this year, I don’t want presents or drinks. I want clean water.

Women and children in Rwanda walk for hours every day, up and down mountains, just to collect water from rivers. And the worst part? The water they collect can make them really sick.

Terrible right? Well, we can actually do something about it. Just $65 can give someone in Rwanda clean water.

So I’m asking everyone for my age in donations. Give $36 or $360 or any amount that you can afford and help me give life’s most basic need.

The best part is that 100% of the money we raise will directly fund water projects in the Rwanda, and when those projects are complete, charity: water will send us photos and GPS coordinates so we can see the impact we made. I can’t think of a better birthday gift. Join me!

Please watch all videos and be inspired like I was!

Thank you! Please click this link to donate!


Are you Delivering Happiness?

Posted in Choices, Education, Inspirational People, Leadership on June 17, 2012 by firefighterselfrescue

I took on a little project at work which included upgrading our library at our training department.  I decided to write to all of my favorite authors.  I got a great response. One author/company really delivered a WOW factor…I talk about it in this video!  It’s Tony Hsieh is the CEO of if you are not aware of them than you are probably living under a rock!  They also have another great site called and you can order some more fantastic items from here.  Anyways, there are a couple of main points that I want to talk about in the video…Customer service and Culture.



Thoughts Are Things

Posted in Choices on January 7, 2012 by firefighterselfrescue

I wanted to start off the new year with a video on our thoughts. I believe that everything starts with our thoughts. In the book “The Energy Bus” by Jon Gordon; he talks about the “Laws of Attraction”. I’m a huge fan of positive thoughts and positive energy. Have a Energetic New Year!

Start Something…

Posted in Choices, Inspirational People, Leadership, Life and Lifestyle on October 25, 2011 by firefighterselfrescue

I just finished reading Blake Mycoskie’s “Start Something That Matters” and I wanted to give you my take on it. I know that I’ve talked about him and his company Toms shoes in another video, but the book had some really good points that I wanted to mention.

Success vs Significance

Posted in Choices on August 19, 2011 by firefighterselfrescue

    I’ve been fortunate to be able to collaborate with a good buddy of mine on some projects.  Not too long ago we were at a speaking engagement and he talked to the crowed about this subject.  Since a lot of you ask me advice about different projects that you are doing…I thought that I’d pass along this piece of advice.  It’s about the difference between significance and success.  Think about the difference between two companies…Nike vs Toms Shoes.  Watch the video and hopefully you can find significance in all that you do!  Be safe!

Have A Plan

Posted in Choices on April 8, 2011 by firefighterselfrescue

The folks in the baseball program at James Madison University asked me to produce this video, and I wasn’t originally going to put it on the website, but I feel like everyone can benefit from its message.

Welcome to Firefighter Self Rescue!

Posted in Choices, Education, Family, Inspirational People, Leadership, Life and Lifestyle, Relationships on March 17, 2011 by firefighterselfrescue

Welcome, and thank you for visiting Firefighter Self Rescue!  It is my hope that this site will help those of us in Firefighting and in other service fields to think differently about how we train ourselves for the work we do.  Take some time to look through the videos, and please comment!  I welcome feedback, and I hope this space can also be a place for discussion of the work we do!

– Justin Lewis

Thanks for all of the support and patience with this book. it is finally out and you can get your copy here.

Please leave a review when you are done reading if you don’t mind!

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