Leadership & Command Magazine Articles

  • Loyalty: The Cornerstone Of An Effective Fire Department

    In recent months, we have been accused of being just a bit too "touchy-feely" in our approach to delivering the gospel of organizational effectiveness. There are those who have said, "You give too much of yourself to your subordinates." To those of you...

    Article • October 31st, 1997

  • Tricks Of The Trade

    With the continual application of incident command, new opportunities arise to improve how to best apply the system. Just like any other detailed process, better ways are being reviewed and discussed relating to ongoing quality improvement. Further, it...

    Article • August 1st, 1997

  • Are You One Of The Great Ones? Do You Want To Be?

    As some of our close professional buddies might know, we have adopted a new hobby. We have finally taken our own advice and began devoting time to something which has absolutely nothing to do with the fire service. Our new calling comes from the world...

    Article • July 1st, 1997

  • Roles & Responsibilities Of General Staff Officers

    The incident command system (ICS) is described as an "all risk" system that can effectively manage any type of incident. The key concept of "all risk" is that the same command system is used at fire, emergency medical, rescue or related events. The...

    Article • June 1st, 1997

  • Community Fire Defense Plan: Analyze Before You Organize

    Over the past several months, we have discussed the development of a fire risk analysis program for your community. We have talked about how to assess risk. Now we will discuss your need to analyze your findings. This must be done before you can develop a...

    Article • June 1st, 1997

  • Command Positions And The Transfer Of Command

    One of the founding principles of the incident command system (ICS) is identifying a single, central and well-supported incident commander (IC). There are just a few absolutes in implementing an ICS program, and the need for an IC at all alarms is one...

    Article • March 31st, 1997

  • Command Interaction

    Bernard D. Dyer discusses the importance of a good incident command system.

    Article • March 31st, 1997

  • Goal Setting: Take The Longer View

    As the new millennium moves ever closer, let us pause to discuss a fact of organizational life: It is critical for the effective fire service leader to chart a clear path into the future. The days of the old "we've always done it that way" philosophy...

    Article • February 28th, 1997

  • Incident Communications

    The backbone of the incident command system (ICS) is the process of communications. A time-tested truth states, "If you're in the emergency response business and without communications, your failure is imminent." Many case studies have proved this...

    Article • January 31st, 1997

  • The Town vs. The Fire Department: The Determination Of Fire Risk Levels

    At some point after identifying the level of fire risk in your community, you will have to address the most serious question of all: Just how much fire protection is needed to address the risk? Before going any further, an important distinction must...

    Article • December 31st, 1996

  • Initial Operations

    The incident management system (IMS) has been cited as the only way to safely, efficiently and effectively handle an emergency situation. To emphasize this point, there are just a few items that folks in our business can completely agree upon. The use...

    Article • November 30th, 1996

  • Putting The Face Of People On Your Risk Analysis

    In this edition of the Command Post, we will move to the next area of fire risk analysis. We shall now endeavor to put a human face on our risk calculations. The importance of protecting your customer base, the citizens of your community, is critical to...

    Article • October 31st, 1996

  • Volunteer Fire Departments: Filling The Rolls

    Gerard J. Naylis describes how one state has developed a program to attract volunteers to the fire and emergency services.

    Article • October 1st, 1996

  • Duties & Responsibilities Of The Incident Commander

    A constant in the incident command system is the need to identify an incident commander (IC) at all alarms.

    Article • October 1st, 1996

  • Factors In Fire Risk Analysis For Your Community

    By knowing exactly what type of risk protection is needed, the fire administrator can make informed decisions about which resources to acquire and what programs to use.

    Article • September 1st, 1996