Leadership

COMMAND POST LOCATION

Issue 10 and Volume 156.

I overheard a very interesting challenge at the 2003 Fire Department Instructors Conference in Indianapolis. One of the leading fire chiefs in the nation and a very prominent Fire Department of New York (FDNY) battalion chief (BC) were discussing command posts—specifically, the pros and cons of running a fire from inside a car. The chief told this FDNY chief that he wanted him to come to his city (somewhere west of the Mississippi) for a year. He said that if he (the FDNY chief) would run fires from his car for a year, he would never want to stand outside and run a fire again. A pretty tough statement! I recently spoke with the FDNY chief, and he said that he would be more than willing to take his family and head west for a while to take the challenge. Before I put in my two cents’ worth, I would…

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