Worcester Deputy Chief Shares His Wisdom of 'Shave Every Day'

Worcester, Mass. Deputy Fire Chief John Sullivan has a philosophy – Shave Every Day and his firefighters will be safe.


The D in Day is for Devote time to every person, Sullivan said. Letting your people know you care makes a huge difference in the amount of trust an officer is given, and trust is needed to lead effectively.

A is for Advocate for safety. Sullivan said that safety shouldn’t preclude aggressive firefighting, but it ought to be the filter, or eye glasses one should look through to keep everything in focus and on track.

And, lastly, the Y in day is for You. “You are the leader, act like it,” Sullivan said.

“Leadership is not about age or the time in the fire service,” he said. “It’s about having the courage to make decisions.”