Leadership & Command Magazine Articles

  • Proper Performance Evaluations: You Owe It To Your Personnel

    Greg H. Neely offers pointers that can help a fire department avoid missing out on a tremendous opportunity to help develop its people.

    Article • November 30th, 2002

  • Where Is The Fire Service?

    Life is interesting, and life in the fire service is even more interesting than most. We comprise a combination of diverse organizations that together form the "American Fire Service." From the outside of our service, it can be difficult, if not...

    Article • October 31st, 2002

  • Real Leaders Must Understand Themselves

    This month's visit with you has come as a result of a blinding personal revelation. I have come to understand that I am absolutely abysmal when it comes to saying no to anyone asking for help or support. When I retired from the Newark, NJ, Fire...

    Article • October 31st, 2002

  • Rural Water Shuttle Operations – Part 2: Dump Site Operations

    Michael A. Wieder explores the various methods for operating a water shuttle dump site and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

    Article • October 1st, 2002

  • Labor Department Permits Volunteering By MD Firefighters

    The U.S. Department of Labor has granted permission for Montgomery County, MD, career firefighters to volunteer their services to the 18 local non-profit fire and rescue departments in the county. Tammy McCutchen, administrator of the department's...

    Article • October 1st, 2002

  • Rapid Intervention Teams: Not Just For Big Cities

    Patrick Pauly outlines staffing, training and equipment needs of volunteer firefighters who are assigned to operate as members of these lifesaving rescue teams.

    Article • October 1st, 2002

  • Discipline: The Leader’s Best Training Tool

    Over the years, I have devoted a great deal of time discussing control as an important organizational function. I have written and spoken of the need for a neat fit between individual and departmental goals. In most cases, it has been my experience that...

    Article • September 1st, 2002

  • Firehouse® Interview

    Kansas City, MO, Fire Chief Richard “Smokey” Dyer outlines his department’s current issues and plans for the future.

    Article • August 1st, 2002

  • Crew Resource Management – Part 7: Your Call To Action

    Dennis L. Rubin concludes his series on adapting aviation industry practices to the fire service with a call to action for firefighters, officers and chiefs.

    Article • August 1st, 2002

  • Leaders Must Know Their Limitations

    It has been a distinct pleasure to write and lecture on the topic of leadership for many years now. In fact, this is the latest in a series of Command Post columns dating back to early 2000. I guess that it is time to ask a very serious question. What...

    Article • July 1st, 2002

  • Crew Resource Management - Part 6: Critical Decision Making

    Dennis L. Rubin suggests that for firefighters, officers and chiefs looking for a way to eliminate human error from operations, “CRM is just what the doctor ordered.”

    Article • July 1st, 2002

  • It’s Going, Going, Gone! A Fire & Emergency Services Home Run!

    The week of April 15, 2002, was a special time in Washington, D.C. Some dreams of many who are part of (or attached to) the American fire and emergency services were celebrated. Our light in Washington shone brighter than ever before. Yes, the fire...

    Article • July 1st, 2002

  • The Right Road

    Months have passed since the terrorist attacks of September. Much rhetoric has been espoused regarding the next wave of attacks and where we should spend the money given to us to prepare for terrorism. I find it more than a little troubling that the...

    Article • June 1st, 2002

  • The Wise Leader Understands The Use Of Power

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    Article • May 1st, 2002

  • The Great Leader Has A Vision

    How many of you have worked for an organization mired in the depths of the past? How many of you have worked for a fire department without a clue as to what its future might look like? Sad to say, the answer in far too many cases is yes to one or both...

    Article • February 28th, 2002