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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, […]

Company Officer Boot Camp: September 8, 2014

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Round three for the Company Officer Boot Camp! Here is the registration and information for the course. Thanks for all of the interest and support! For specific questions, please email If you would like to enroll multiple officers from your department, let me know so we can work out an exclusive class or provide […]

FREE Webinar from The New Fire Officer: Part 2

Here it is, number 2 in the series for company officers, and it’s FREE! Limited to the first 150 attendees, so hurry! Please register for The 10 Commandments for the Successful Company Officer: 2. Set Expectations and Follow Through on Aug 27, 2014 2:00 PM CDT at: Register here for FREE! This webinar is the […]

The First Due Rural Engine: Laying the Line

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I recently have had a lot of suggestions and requests to post on some volunteer, rural, combination issues that the fire service faces. I started and am still a member of a mostly rural volunteer, now combination, department. My earliest exposure to the fire service was at this mostly rural department.  We had a large […]

Are We Honest Enough?

One of the most challenging aspects of being an officer, leader or instructor is providing honest feedback to our crews. It sounds simplistic and most will say in response to reading that, “I am.” Well, as easy as it sounds, skimming over the “bad” stuff is easier to do because we are Brothers and Sisters […]

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