Leadership & Command Magazine Articles

  • Dedicated To Honor... And Worth Remembering

    Once in a while, we have an opportunity to participate in something very special. An event that is not a celebration of our own personal accomplishments or those of other living beings, but one of remembrance on behalf of those no longer with us, a...

    Article • January 31st, 2003

  • Small Fire Departments Confront Big Issues - Part 1

    Steve Meyer introduces a series of articles focusing on the special needs of small fire departments.

    Article • January 31st, 2003

  • The Terrorist Curse And Planning For The Worst

    As late, I have been blessed, or as I like to think, cursed, with the job of preparing our firefighters for a response to a terrorist event. With that job the curse part will readily become apparent. As I am writing this, I have to laugh at the subtle...

    Article • December 31st, 2002

  • Stress Reduction: A Key To Self-Motivation

    The normal thrust of any article about motivation that you might read in a modern fire service magazine is usually directed toward the person working in a supervisory capacity. That article will discuss the many ways to create a well-motivated work force...

    Article • December 31st, 2002

  • 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