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  • Groundbreaking research reveals link between golfing and firefighter safety

    By Dr. Richard Gasaway - Monday July 4, 2011
    Could playing golf improve your fireground situational awareness? One study seems to suggest so. While playing golf with his son, a neuroscience researcher began to contemplate the nexus between what it takes to achieve success on the golf course and...
  • On the value of having a personal mission statement

    By Dr. Richard Gasaway - Sunday May 29, 2011
    The best way to predict your future is to create it. It has been proven over and over again that we move in the direction of our most dominate thoughts. If those thoughts are of pessimism and failure, we will behave in pessimistic ways and drift in the...
  • A look in the mirror

    By Dr. Richard Gasaway - Sunday May 15, 2011
    I often facilitate discussions on leadership traits in my programs. During these discussions we talk about the qualities of the best and worst leaders we've ever worked with and for. It's interesting that the classes almost always talk about the...
  • A Personnel Size-Up Helps Situation Awareness

    By Dr. Richard Gasaway - Thursday February 18, 2010
    The issue of understaffing is a hot topic these days. Staffing reductions are one of the impacts of our struggling economy. On a number of occasions I have discussed this topic – mostly from the perspective of budgets and politics.     Now...
  • Habits… can save your life… or take your life.

    By Dr. Richard Gasaway - Monday February 15, 2010
    When you are under stress your brain and muscles will engage, automatically and perform just as they were trained to do without conscious thought. If you develop good training habits through repetitive muscle movements and repetitive thoughts, they will...
  • Bad Habits

    By Dr. Richard Gasaway - Sunday February 7, 2010
    In my book, On Fire About Leadership , I dedicate a chapter to discussing 25 bad habits that annoy me. The chapter is entitled “Leave your bad habits at the door.”  Here are seven of the bad habits from my list (not necessarily in priority order...
  • Strategic Planning is Like Vacation Planning

    By Dr. Richard Gasaway - Friday January 22, 2010
    Think about what it takes to plan a vacation. You have to consider who’s going with you; what you’re going to do; when you’re going to go; where you’re going to go; why you’re going in the first place; and, how you’re going to get there. In...
  • To reinvent... It is more than a buzz word.

    By Dr. Richard Gasaway - Wednesday January 13, 2010
      To reinvent: To make over something from the beginning; To start again; To redesign in an effort to make better. Call it what you will, it's our new reality in emergency services.   If there is one thing about the recession that has caused my...
  • Life after the fire department

    By Dr. Richard Gasaway - Tuesday December 22, 2009
    I recently had a discussion with a fire chief who has been retired for about 10 years. We got on the conversation of my recent retirement from active service and he was telling me how much missed being on the fire department. He said he misses it every...
  • The false belief that you can do more with less.

    By Dr. Richard Gasaway - Friday November 27, 2009
    Twenty five years ago I was the candidate for a fire chief’s job and during the interview I was asked by one of the panelists my plan for how to do more with less. This is where I committed a rookie mistake of interview protocol by engaging my mouth...