Leadership & Command Magazine Articles

  • 20 Tough Questions For the Fire Chief: Are You Prepared To Answer Them? Question 15

    This question is a continuation of last month’s discussion about fire-based EMS. While it is widely considered a best practice by efficiency consultants to benchmark and compare your organization to others, this question implies, ironically, that such a...

    Article • July 1st, 2013

  • Speak Up: Fireground Setup Time

    Thanks to Firehouse ® Magazine and Chief Vincent Dunn for his March 2013 Safety & Survival column “Fireground Setup Time, Measured Scientifically: Research Fills a Gap in Knowledge of Firefighting Tasks.” In the column, Chief Dunn completely...

    Article • June 1st, 2013

  • 20 Tough Questions For the Fire Chief: Are You Prepared To Answer Them? Question 14

    Essentially, there are two types of medical transportation – emergency (EMS) and non-emergency (transport service). This month’s question revolves around non-emergency medical transportation. Many privately run and hospital-based medical...

    Article • June 1st, 2013

  • The Fire Scene: How Safe Is Your Firehouse?

    I’m sure every firehouse and fire station has some type of hazard that could result in an injury to a firefighter. A loose step on the stairway, a door that slams shut or a continuously wet floor in the bathroom. Those are not what I’m talking about...

    Article • June 1st, 2013

  • Command Post: Riding the Right-Front Seat: Set a Course for Success

    It has been said that the Global Positioning System (GPS) is one of the great modern inventions. It lets you navigate the streets of an unknown area with a degree of confidence and security. It lets you find your way through strange and challenging new...

    Article • May 20th, 2013

  • 20 Tough Questions For the Fire Chief: Are You Prepared To Answer Them? - Question 13

    There are two components to this question. First, should the fire department be providing first-responder medical services? Second, should the fire department be providing transport medical services? The heart of the policy issue for fire-based...

    Article • May 1st, 2013

  • Chief Concerns: Electromagnetic Pulse Awareness for the Fire Service

    I magine a world without power, computers, radios and telephones. More specifically, imagine modern emergency response without any of the above. Americans have come to rely on the prompt and effective delivery of fire, police, rescue and emergency medical...

    Article • April 27th, 2013

  • 20 Tough Questions For the Fire Chief: Are You Prepared To Answer Them? Question 12

    As budgets have become tighter, many fire departments have been forced to find ways to reduce operating costs. Many of the “20 Tough Questions” are focused on the benefits and consequences that result from creative problem solving. Question 12 deals...

    Article • April 1st, 2013

  • The Fire Scene: What's On That Rig? Be Sure You Know

    We just had an interesting training night at the local firehouse. The usual 15 or so firefighters and officers were there and although a training topic was scheduled, we tried something different. The firefighters were all asked to gather around the...

    Article • April 1st, 2013

  • 20 Tough Questions For the Fire Chief: Are You Prepared To Answer Them? Question 11

    In many communities, the number of structure fires has been trending downward. The reduction in these fire responses can be attributed to many factors, not the least being effective fire prevention programs, active inspection programs and aggressive...

    Article • March 4th, 2013

  • Fire Politics: 15 Lessons in Leadership From the U.S. Senate Floor

    A speech was given on the floor of the U.S. Senate in late January that provided interesting insight into the leadership beliefs of a particular outgoing senator. He was leaving office after 28 years in the Senate. The speech was 50 minutes long, but...

    Article • March 1st, 2013

  • The Fire Scene: Times Are Tough, And So Are We

    It’s been going on for more than a few years and sometimes it seems like the current not-so-rosy national financial conditions are here to stay. Although that is certainly not true, we are all suffering some type of service or staffing cuts or other...

    Article • January 29th, 2013

  • Chief Concerns: It's "All Hands on Deck" When a Disaster Strikes

    The semi-regular occurrences of extreme weather have strained municipal resources to nearly a breaking point. No local government service has been burdened greater than the fire service. Not only do fire departments help the citizenry prepare, we maintain...

    Article • January 24th, 2013

  • Leadership Lessons: Empowerment Requires Responsibility

    I wrote an article several years ago on “The Power of Empowerment in Leadership” (Firehouse ® , October 2008) and I recently received a great email from a chief asking about potential backlash with entitlement attitudes. The chief shared that in some...

    Article • January 16th, 2013

  • 20 Tough Questions For the Fire Chief: Are You Prepared To Answer Them? Question 10:

    As we will explain from the start, the answer to this question may be more meaningful if it were restated and asked of the entity that is the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ): How does our AHJ treat the standards that are published by the NFPA and...

    Article • January 3rd, 2013