Leadership & Command Web Exclusives

  • Weekly Drill: No. 125 - The On-Scene Report

    Russell Merrick shares why the on-scene report is so important to firefighting operations and fireground coordination.

    Article • July 14th, 2013

  • Company Commanders: Are You In Charge or a Figurehead?

    As a fire officer, it is your duty to develop your subordinates to the best of both your and their abilities. If you don’t feel that your firefighters will make the right decisions without you, maybe your parenting skills need a tune-up.

    Article • July 11th, 2013

  • Discipline: A Learning Tool for all Seasons

    Rather than dwell on the authorization aspects, the goal should be the creation of a fire department environment wherein discipline is an accepted tool of organizational demarcation and delineation.

    Article • July 10th, 2013

  • Fire Service Marketing 3.0 – The Next Steps

    The accelerated speed of change is no secret. We see its effects in the fire service: the way we do business and the issues we face.  The recent IAFC paper, Taking Responsibility for a Positive Perception , highlighted the marketing challenges coming at...

    Article • June 24th, 2013

  • 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