Leadership & Command Web Exclusives

  • The Journey: Loyalty and Honesty

    A successful leader must be honest with themselves and crew members while maintaining a sense of loyalty.

    Article • August 27th, 2009

  • The Journey: Missed Opportunities

    A missed opportunity on the fire ground can lead to injuries and fatalities.If you have been following this series of articles, we have been discussing the journey to fire service leadership. In this segment, we will discuss missed opportunities: Those...

    Article • July 31st, 2009

  • Cutting Fire Department Costs Without Cutting Safety

    In order to operate effectively, departments need to re-evaluate over time and as the agency goes through change.

    Article • July 13th, 2009

  • Conducting Company Level Training in Small Combination Departments

    The personnel tasked with developing training programs in smaller departments are often challenged by time and program constraints.

    Article • May 8th, 2009

  • Safety 101 - Lesson 28

    A higher level of risk is acceptable only in situations where there is a realistic potential to save known endangered lives.

    Article • April 6th, 2009

  • The Journey: Real Experience

    A leader's experience will often be the true litmus test of their competence.Ingrained in fire service leaders must be, among other things, care, concern and competence. In this article we continue our series on the leadership journey and we will...

    Article • April 3rd, 2009

  • Making the Fire Officer Decision: What Choice Will you Make?

    The people you work with deserve your best.Fire officers are given a specific job. They must lead the companies they work with and are responsible for making decisions regarding the safety of the team. The decisions they make are the reason the...

    Article • March 11th, 2009

  • The Journey: Motivation

    It's often easier just to complete tasks yourself, but that is not what you, as an officer, should do.

    Article • March 3rd, 2009

  • The Journey: A Commentary on Leadership

    Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of articles that examines the stops along the roadmap on a fire officer's journey from beginning to end. Much has been written on the subject of leadership. Generals, politicians and philosophers have all...

    Article • February 13th, 2009

  • What Every "Route" Company Officer Needs To Know

      Many fire departments have what is known as a "route," or "relief," company officer (a captain or lieutenant); the person who does not have a regular shift or station assignment and fills in as needed for company officers on vacation, out sick or...

    Article • January 31st, 2009

  • Effective Communications for the Engine Officer

    This article covers some of the key radio transmissions that an engine company officer should make, to help other companies make decisions on the fireground.In the fire service today, we are better equipped and better trained than ever before. But we...

    Article • January 23rd, 2009

  • Tough Economic Times Require Tough Fire Prevention Decisions - Part 2

    One of the key challenges has been the paradigm shift of viewing fire prevention as a fundamental element and key function of fire protection services rather than a function that simply supports the line.

    Article • December 30th, 2008

  • NFPA's Take: Firefighters as Incident Data Providers

    NFIRS data is used at the state and national levels to identify fire causes, monitor trends, and to make policy decisions.

    Article • August 4th, 2008

  • First Due: Size-Up Points for the Engine Company

    The size-up for the engine company is a multi-layer task.You are the officer of an engine company responding to a reported fire in a private dwelling and dispatch calls you on the radio and states "Dispatch to Engine 234, it sound like you are going to...

    Article • June 2nd, 2008

  • So You Are In Charge: Smoke & Water

    As the company officer in charge, you must now determine if your company can move in and knock it down or if you must retreat to a safer location.

    Article • March 20th, 2008