"Summer of '63" Leadership Skills

Allen W. Baldwin reviews what the fire service can learn from military leaders at the Battle of Gettysburg and beyond.


In this article, we are going to get a philosophical and historical as opposed to the usual operational. Currently, I am instructing a "Managing Company Tactical Operations" course series. My class is a mix of seasoned officers, chiefs, young aspiring firefighters and a few new officers. We spend...


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After reading all of this, you may ask what does all of this have to do with fire-rescue operations? It has every thing to do with them. The company officer, the chief officers and the incident commander set the tone for the incident and how it will go. How the incident goes depends on what kind of leaders you have at the front.

ALLEN W. BALDWIN is manager of operations and incident response for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. He is a firefighter/EMT with over 25 years of service as a volunteer and career member. Baldwin is assistant chief of the Gettysburg, PA, Fire Department and a past career chief of the Chambersburg Fire Department and is nationally certified as a Firefighter II, Fire Officer IV, Fire Inspector II and Fire Instructor II. He is currently enrolled in Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy. Baldwin has an associate's degree in fire science and administration from the Community College of Allegheny County and a bachelor's degree in public administration form Point Park University.