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5 Common Mistakes New Officers Make: Video and Podcast

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Here is a video of a recent FREE webinar about five common mistakes that new fire officers tend make. These are by no means exclusive, but from my experience are committed by many new officers. -Don’t try to change the world -Don’t have an authority complex -Don’t micromanage -Don’t be a quitter -Don’t avoid discipline […]

Four Principles for Success for Fire Officer

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    In this episode we discuss four principles that will help the fire officer, or individual in any walk of life be successful and provides guidance in being effective. Be generous Be constructive Be productive Be aggressive I am also attaching a link to the video and the Powerpoint that was used for the […]

Set Specific Goals and Objectives

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      This episode discusses the importance of setting very specific goals and objectives.  Being specific allows us to create a realistic and attainable plan to achieve our goals. We need to set bench marks and a written record of our progress, successes and set backs.  Below is an example of some specific goals […]

Basics of the Mayday–Podcast

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This is a short podcast discussing some basics of calling the Mayday. In this episode we discuss the shift from using LUNAR to the three W’s. Who are you? What happened to you? Where are you? With those three questions, as a firefighter we can provide pertinent information and not have to try to remember […]

The Road Map: Give Some Direction

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        As the company officer we have an obligation to ensure that our crew stays safe. Wearing seatbelts, traffic vests, headsets on the apparatus and making sure that our PPE is worn appropriately are all important, no doubt. But, imagine being given a map with no starting point and no idea where […]

The Monday Mantra, Exceed Expectations from Leading Under Fire

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  Every Monday I will post a new podcast from Leading Under Fire to give you a little boost to get your week started. I will provide inspirational quotes, helpful tips and just straight encouragement to have the best week you can. This episode focusses on Exceeding Expectations. In this episode we discuss that meeting […]

Four Simple Rules for the Company Officer

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I talk a great deal about the role of the company officers and how they influence the members of your department.  When teaching officer development we hit hard on setting and establishing expectations and ensuring that there is follow-through with those expectations.  I was recently asked about expectations for my company officers.  They aren’t too […]

Opposing Forces

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A common question that is posed from current and prospective officers along with engaged firefighters is “how do you deal with superior officers or an organization that doesn’t want to move forward?” First, it’s not always the organization or the superior officers that are the sole problem. I’ve seen good, engaged, enthusiastic  firefighters circumvent the […]

For the Prospective Fire Officer: Prepare

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I started a new video series and am presenting a new class at FDIC 2015 called “10 Commandments for the Company Officer: A Guide for Success off the Fireground.” The class touches on 10 things for the new company officer to consider for success in the firehouse and dealing with his members. In the first […]

“Company Officer Boot Camp” 2-Day On Site Class

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For the past year I have provided three, 10 week Company Officer Boot Camp classes and with more request filtering in and registrations for the first class starting in 2015. I have had several requests for an on-site class, well, here it is! This is a 2 day, 16 hour class offering with group activities, […]

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