The Leaders Toolbox: Fire Chiefs in the Hot Seat

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The fire service is comprised of people from all walks of life which makes a fire chief's job tough. In this month's installment of "The Leaders Toolbox", Chief Richard Gasaway offers advice on diverse issues.

A volunteer chief is looking for help dealing with a firefighter accused of making derogatory comments about a co-worker's religious beliefs. How can the issue be resolved to everyone's satisfaction?

Chief Gasaway also is asked by a career chief how he can possibly please both his bosses at city hall and the firefighters' union. It's an issue faced daily across the country.

If you have a situation you would like assistance from Chief Gasaway, please e-mail: