Leadership & Command Web Exclusives

  • 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

  • Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Citizens Fire Academy

    The class schedule consists of speakers, tours, demonstrations and classes.When I first moved to Las Vegas in 1996 to accept the position as public information officer (PIO) for Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, I moved to a community that I was not familiar...

    Article • February 19th, 2007

  • More Lesson's I Learned at the Circus

    January is an important month to me. It is more than just the first month of the New Year, but it is the month when I travel south to play my tuba at the circus in Florida. I cannot tell you how much I enjoy getting together with my circus music buddies...

    Article • February 5th, 2007

  • Building Relationships as the Public Information Officer

    Within our city government, each city department has a designated department PIO as well as a City PIO and communications department.I recently completed two Public Information & Media Relation seminars for Public Information Officers (PIOs) at...

    Article • December 11th, 2006

  • It's More Than Keeping the Faith to Get Hired or Promoted

    Too many keep the faith and expect good things to happen without doing anything proactively.

    Article • November 27th, 2006