Leadership

Thomas E. Poulin explains why certain questions pertaining to leadership should be part of the testing process for promotion in the fire service and that responsibilities and required skills increase and change as leaders move up the promotional ladder.
Fireground Management

The decisions the chief makes are only as good as the information he already has and whatever new information he gathers at the incident scene. As a student, he has prepared as much as possible from books, classes, and experience. When responding to and operating at an incident, he uses senses to gather additional information. But his most important information sources are the firefighters operating at the scene.
Fireground Management

Whether running command from inside a vehicle or outside, remember that there can be only one command post. Although its location can be changed, ideally it should be positioned just outside the hazard area, in the front of or near the main access to the area and be properly designated.
Fireground Management

We must always recognize and respect the intentions of the firefighter who, in context, made a decision that he thought would be successful.
Leadership

Seventy-five percent of workers who voluntarily left their jobs did so because of their bosses and not the position itself. Here are eight leadership pitfalls to avoid alienating your firefighters.