Critical Response Network
Supporting the Volunteer Emergency Services:
                        Fire, EMS, Search and Rescue, Disaster Response

Critical Response Network: serving the volunteer emergency services and the communities they serve. This site is a gateway to information, your calendar of events and multiple resources for the Hudson Valley Emergency Services. We work with:
  • General Public
  • Emergency Service Organizations
  • Volunteers
  • Business and Industry
  • Schools
  • Municipalities
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We assist with recruitment and retention of volunteers, public relations and marketing, public education and preparedness, professional development and fund raising. Click on a link below for more

  • Volunteer Professional Development
  • Emergency Services Organizations
  • Community and Municipal Leaders: the volunteer emergency services save you hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. Click here to see how or email us for a one-on-one conversation about your volunteer emergency services and how you can improve the relationship!
  • Schools and Business: ideas for public education, disaster planning and how you can support your local emergency services.
  • Emergency Preparedness: info for your family, business, and community
  • Calendar: find emergency services events, training and other activities. Search by type and level of activity, distance; national, state, county or local activities, and by areas of interest. Planning an event? Check out our calendar first to make sure it won’t conflict with already planned events! Register your events, activites and training courses and we’ll post them for you!

Quote of the Day

"There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible.  We just take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn, and they create new and curious combinations. We keep turning making new patterns, but they are the same old pieces of glass that have been in use throughout all the years."
--Mark Twain
"I believe that the rendering of useful service is the common duty of mankind and that only in the purifying fire of sacrifice is the dross of selfishness consumed and the greatness of the human soul set free"
-- John D. Rockefeller Jr.
"Hard things are put in our way, not to stop us, but to call out our courage and strength."
-- Anonymous
"I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine"
-- Kurt Vonnegut
"Personally, I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught."
-- Winston Churchill, British prime minister
"Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire."
-- William Butler Yeats
"To the world you may be one- but to one you are the world."Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Everyone has the power of greatness; not for fame, but greatness. Because greatness is determined by service.”“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
-- Margaret Mead
“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself know peace.”
-- Albert Schweitzer
“The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.”
-- Thomas Henry Huxley, a great wildlife biologist during the late 19th century and supporter of Charles Darwin.
"Though the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Fire Management Mentoring Program may only be a single rung in your career ladder, we believe it to be, for many, the first significant step in defining the height in which your career will reach. Every ladder needs solid support to prevent you from falling. The higher you wish to climb, the more support you need. A formal mentor can provide the necessary stabilization allowing you to take that next step up."
-- Quote found on the US Fish and Wildlife Service page on their Mentoring program.
“Behind every successful person, there is one elementary truth. Somewhere, some way, someone cared about their growth and development.”
-- Author and career consultant Donald Miller
"If you don't like change, you're going to like irrelevance even less."
--Gen. Eric Shinseki, former Army Chief of Staff
Zig Ziglar to guide my life: "You can have everything in life you want if you can just help enough other people get what they want." "Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all."
-- Alexander the Great
(Ancient Greek King of Macedon, 356 BC-323 BC)
As Yogi Berra once said...
"Before we build a better mousetrap, we need to find out if there are any mice out there."
Gordon H. Selfridge: The boss drives people; the leader coaches them. The boss depends on authority; the leader on good will. The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm. The boss says "I"; The leader says "WE". The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown. The boss says, "GO"; the leader says lets, "GO!" "A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down."
-- Arnold H. Glasow
"All some folks want is their fair share and yours."
-- Arnold H. Glasow
"An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied."
-- Arnold H. Glasow
"Expecting something for nothing is the most popular form of hope."
-- Arnold H. Glasow
"Fear is the lengthened shadow of ignorance."
-- Arnold H. Glasow
"Improvement begins with I."
-- Arnold H. Glasow
"Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects."
-- Arnold H. Glasow
"Live so that your friends can defend you but never have to."
-- Arnold H. Glasow
"One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency."
-- Arnold H. Glasow
"One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency."
-- Arnold H. Glasow
"Success is simple. Do what's right, the right way, at the right time."
-- Arnold H. Glasow
"Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire."
-- Arnold H. Glasow
"Telling a teenager the facts of life is like giving a fish a bath."
-- Arnold H. Glasow
"The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion."
-- Arnold H. Glasow
"The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it."
-- Arnold H. Glasow
"What the country needs are a few labor-making inventions."
-- Arnold H. Glasow


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