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Time Management and Effective Fire Companies

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All firefighters realize and understand the importance of time when it comes to responding to an emergency incident. Time is recognized as one limited resource that must be maximized in every aspect.

Operational Excellence

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Regardless of your rank, or time in grade, the length of time in your organization, the size and structure of your department or your daily demands and challenges; leadership, mentoring, contributing, setting the example, being at your very best individually or collectively as part of a team, a company or a department is essential and […]

Company Officers are Instructors and True Leaders

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As we embark deep into the millennium and a new decade, changes are sure to occur. The fire service will surely see many of these changes. The place that we need to make changes initially is within ourselves as officers. We must be prepared to meet these new challenges and a new decade with a […]

Sixty Seconds for a Three Sixty

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Leadership and Cultural Safety go hand-in-hand. As does our desire to succeed and progress. There are various perspectives, strategies and of course beliefs and attitudes. Aligning them certainly is the challenge for today’s command and company officer.  My good friend Brian O’Malley a motivational speaker, provided a three-sixty (360) review to a recent strategic alignment meeting […]

Officer Credentialing and Qualifications

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It’s no longer acceptable to be functioning and performing in a rank and position of responsibility without the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA) in order to execute those duties in an effective, efficient and compliant manner aligned with your department’s policies, procedures and standards. The aspect of officer Credentialing and Qualifications isn’t anything new. […]

Four Competencies of Leadership

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Being a leader does not mean you have to be the Chief Brunacini in your fire department. In fact trying to be some type of leader you are not can get you into deep trouble. It is important to develop your own styles and type. In the 1980’s Dr. Warren Bennis of the University of […]

Leadership and Management

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Both leadership and management are important and have their place. it is important not to confuse the two as they are different. Leadership is the skill and an attitude that enables one to get others to accomplish the objectives or goals that have been established. Management is the ability or skill of controlling resources, activities […]

Your Capabilities and Future Success

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As an aspiring, new or seasoned company officer, increasing your awareness and understanding of Coach John Wooden’s concepts is a must read and the integration of these concepts, principles, values and philosophy into your work practice and way of life may provide a path for success in your organization.

Company Fortitude & Courage to be Safety Conscious

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On any given day, at any give alarm, the dynamics around us at times may be in or out of our direct control. The ability of the Company Officer to identify and execute actions appropriate for the given situations and to also forecast, project and anticipate circumstances that may have less than desirable affects on the crews […]

01.01.10 The First Day

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For many, the New Year has brought forth a new set of challenges as some of you transition from the firefighter rank to that of a Company Officer. To others, a promotion has added a bar; bugle or axe to your collar and with it increased duties and responsibilities. Along with the new title or […]

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