Leadership & Command Web Exclusives

  • Weekly Drill: No. 122 - Risk Analysis

    Drill #122: Risk Analysis The acceptable level of risk is directly related to the potential to save lives or property. Oftentimes we have heard it stated as “risk vs. gain” or “risk vs. benefit.” Readers will learn the three basic rules we...

    Article • June 16th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 121 - Mentoring

    Drill #121: Mentoring Readers will learn how mentoring programs can and should be used to inspire and encourage our future leaders. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among your crew members. Sit down...

    Article • June 10th, 2013

  • Fire Officers: What Would You Do When No One is Watching?

    Firefighters must insist on competent, effective leaders in our fire departments to serve as officers. It isn't enough to just be lucky, these days you have to excel at commanding operations on the fireground.

    Article • June 6th, 2013

  • Building a College Fire & Paramedic Internship Program

    The Keizer Fire District partnered with the Chemeketa Community College to offer practical life experience for firefighter and paramedic students.

    Article • May 28th, 2013

  • Firehouse Interview: Chief Ray Colburn (ret.), Reedy Creek Emergency Services

    Ben May recently interviewed William “Ray” Colburn, who retired as the fire chief of Reedy Creek Emergency Service, which protects Walt Disney World in Florida, in late April.

    Article • May 15th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 117 - The Officer's Role

    Have you ever wondered, what "other" roles fire officers play? Readers will learn the officer's responsibilities when they are not at the incident scene.

    Article • May 12th, 2013

  • Carter: Sylvester Sequester and the New Star in D.C.

    Ladies and gentlemen, the shovel-makers are at work in Washington, DC and Sylvester Sequester is the name of that shovel.

    Article • May 7th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 111 - Mission Statement

    Drill #111: Mission Statement Readers will learn why having a clear understanding of their department’s Mission Statement will allow them to move forward with planning and goal setting. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to...

    Article • March 31st, 2013

  • Almost: The Fine Art of Just Settling for Something

    How many of you have a litany of stories about how you almost won something, were elected to something, or just missed winning something? After more than six decades of trying and succeeding (and trying and failing) I am here to tell you that for far...

    Article • March 15th, 2013

  • Today's Fire Service: Actions Show Your Pride

    I have heard it said that if your expectations aren't being met, lower your expectations. I would challenge today's fire service to do the opposite.

    Article • March 1st, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 107

    Drill #107: National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) Readers will learn the importance of participating in the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions...

    Article • February 25th, 2013

  • Lessons from the Circus: 2013

    One of the great joys which I have been able to experience in the many years since my retirement from the good, old, Newark Fire Department is the ability to travel when I want to and not when a vacation spot or personal day is open. Thanks to this...

    Article • February 1st, 2013

  • Some Thoughts for the New Fire Service Leader

    Winter in my world is often seen as the time of the new leader. In volunteer fire departments all acrossAmerica, January is the normal time for the new cast of leadership characters to step forward to be sworn in. It is, therefore, a time for all of us to...

    Article • January 7th, 2013

  • Power of the Badge: It is Time to Stop Feeling Helpless

    As with most emotions that occur in the fire service we can’t describe it, but we all know it because it seems to be with us every day when we turn on the television – helplessness. As firefighters we are action orientated with one purpose and one...

    Article • December 18th, 2012

  • I Ask You: Is Loyalty or Honesty More Important

    Honesty or loyalty…it’s a simple question, right? Or is it? Those three words have stirred up some enlightening conversations in my world as of late and I felt the need to share them with you. I have come to the conclusion that leadership is 95% a...

    Article • November 27th, 2012