Leadership & Command Web Exclusives

  • Lessons from the Circus: Volume III

    It was really great fun for me to once again be allowed the privilege of enjoying the music of a bygone era. Our group plays music not often seen in the libraries of community bands in the United States and Canada.

    Article • January 29th, 2008

  • Branding for the Fire Service

    All firefighters are touch points for the fire service and have direct responsibility for being the personal face of the brand.If I say "white dog with a red spot on his eye," do you think Target? If I say "golden arches," do you think McDonald's? If I...

    Article • January 16th, 2008

  • The Ten Command-ments Of Intelligent & Safe Fireground Operations

    Mark Emery continues this series with Command-ment IX: Thou shall address three strategic priorities by supervising NINE primary phase tactical objectives.

    Article • November 30th, 2007

  • The Initial Size-Up

    Sizing up of the situation makes an initial defensive attack or a change of tactics from an offensive to a defensive operation justified.

    Article • November 19th, 2007

  • The Seven Habits of Highly Defective Fire Chiefs

    On a road trip recently, I listened to a book on tape called The Seven Habits of Highly Defective Leaders, and it reminded me of a saying I had heard many years ago: No one is entirely worthless; they can always serve as a bad example.

    Article • August 29th, 2007

  • Booster Lines, Bullies and Buffoons

    The other night I was out on the front porch puffing on my favorite brand of cigar and staring off into the distance pondering the movement of the earth around the sun. I was indulging myself with a moment or two of quiet time. As I counted the aircraft...

    Article • August 12th, 2007

  • Saving Our Own: The Powell Doctrine and Interior Fire Operations

    Both line firefighters and infantry soldiers now have an array of modern protective gear, surveillance equipment and offensive tools to achieve rapid victory; In reality, our systems, protocols and technology often fail us with disastrous results...

    Article • August 8th, 2007

  • The Next Step: Charleston Facts Part 2

    Clearly, the fire in Charleston that took the lives of nine firefighters shook all members of the fire service in one way or the other. Most firefighters were shocked, saddened and upset. Why wouldn't we be? We have lost 9 "more" firefighters-in a...

    Article • August 2nd, 2007

  • The Ten Command-ments of Intelligent & Safe Fireground Operations

    Mark Emery continues this series with Command-ment VI: Thou shall operate within one of six operational modes.

    Article • August 1st, 2007

  • The First Five Minutes for the Officer

    The first five minutes of your shift do not belong to you, the officer; They belong to your firefighters.It has been widely reported that the first five minutes determines how the next five hours will be spent on the fireground. This generalization places...

    Article • July 20th, 2007

  • Safety 101 - Lesson 16

    NFPA 1521 Standard for Fire Department Safety Officer contains the minimum requirements for the assignment, duties and responsibilities of a health and safety officer and an incident safety officer for a fire department or other fire service...

    Article • July 10th, 2007

  • Press Conferences and Briefings Require Planning and Preparation

    Over the past few years, there has been an increased interest in press conferences by public safety agencies to release information; without proper planning and execution, the press conference can open a "can of worms" you that don't want to deal with.

    Article • June 7th, 2007

  • How Much is your Life Worth?

    If we save a life and in turn lose our own, our value is in the life saved. If we lose our life at the scene of a building that is already lost with no human life at stake, how do we recuperate the cost?

    Article • May 4th, 2007

  • Does Anything Really Change after a Catastrophic Incident?

    The author served as the fire incident commander for the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999.

    Article • April 30th, 2007

  • Surviving the Offensive Attack

    It seems that everyday across America firefighters are being asked to handle a larger number of incidents, with a greater variety and with fewer resources. There are many great instructors across this country that instruct you how to get yourself out of...

    Article • April 27th, 2007