Leadership & Command Web Exclusives

  • He Who Preaches to One Generation is Lost

    As many of you know, I have a deep and abiding love for old movies. Countless happy hours have been spent watching the work of actors who have long ago passed on to their reward. Maybe it is a longing for a bygone era, or just a love of the old days...

    Article • October 26th, 2012

  • Talk is Cheap, Spend What You Want

    It seems to me that there are far too many people who tend to act emotionally rather than rationally.

    Article • October 16th, 2012

  • The Strategic Six & the First Five Minutes

    Initial responding companies to the scene of a working fire have a huge responsibility when it comes to setting the stage for a successful suppression operation. When it comes to tasks on the fireground, the National Institute for Standards and Technology...

    Article • October 12th, 2012

  • Firehouse.com Weekly Drill: No. 87

    Drill #87: Incident Safety Officer Readers will learn that the primary function of the Incident Safety Officer (ISO) is to monitor and assess safety hazards or unsafe acts and situations and develop measures for ensuring the personal safety of all...

    Article • September 23rd, 2012

  • Firehouse.com Weekly Drill: No. 86

    Drill #86: Emergency Management With large-scale disasters happening more frequently, readers will learn the responsibilities of the emergency manager during such an event. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up...

    Article • September 16th, 2012

  • On the Road Again for the 2013 FIRE Act Roadtrip

    Let me start by saying that my son-in-law made it to a Bob Dylan concert back in September.  We discussed the man's music and the lyrics of a number of his songs.  I spoke of one of my favorite lines from his work which tells us that, "… the times...

    Article • September 15th, 2012

  • The Story of One Man's Mission Trip

    From my first major speaking assignment in 1979 through my journey to the Wisconsin Fire Chief's Conference in June of 2012 the feelings of accomplishment which I have enjoyed have made my efforts all the more meaningful to me.

    Article • July 30th, 2012

  • Headaches and Solutions to Company-Level Training – Part 3

    In Part 1 of this series, we took a look at some of the reasons for stress the company officer might experience when it comes to training at the company level. In Part 2 , we began to address ways our company officer can enhance the safety of his...

    Article • June 25th, 2012

  • Headaches and Solutions to Company-Level Training – Part 2

    We are talking about situations where there are very few tools to help the company officer! Also, remember that training should never be used as a punishment!

    Article • May 30th, 2012

  • Optimism: The Cure for What Ails Us

    Is there anything you and I can do about the morass in Washington? Sorry Charlie, you and I are just a couple of powerless tuna swimming through the sea of confusion. We need to focus our effort on the things we can control.

    Article • May 23rd, 2012

  • "Natural" Decision Making for Incident Commanders

    After years of study, the academic world has identified numerous ways that individuals can make decisions. For the fire service, there are two ways in which we typically make decisions without consciously knowing it sometimes. The “Natural” (also...

    Article • May 11th, 2012

  • Headaches and Solutions to Company-Level Training – Part 1

    This article is geared towards those rare situations where the culture of the department, or the culture of the company, or the specific shift of a company has allowed such behavior to occur.

    Article • April 14th, 2012

  • Create an Effective Marketing Plan for Your Department Now: Here's How

    There has been so much written about plans over the years that the very thought of it can cause a fire officer’s eyes to glaze over. On the other hand, think about it this way: Would you allow your firefighters to attack a fire in your jurisdiction...

    Article • April 12th, 2012

  • The Curse of Charisma: The Dangers of Persuasion by Personality

    You need to stop and think about the tapestry of words around you.

    Article • April 11th, 2012

  • Start the New Year by Resetting Your Moral Compass

    We are at the beginning of yet another new year. Was it not just Jan. 3 1, 2011? As I grow older, I begin to see the wisdom imparted to me by a senior buddy years ago. He told me that in many ways life is like a roll of toilet paper. He told me that the...

    Article • January 5th, 2012