Leadership & Command Web Exclusives

  • 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

  • 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