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Randall Hanifen

Dr. Hanifen serves as a Shift Commander at a medium-sized suburban fire department in the northern part of the Cincinnati area. He is the Chairperson and operations manager for a County Technical Rescue Team. From a state and national perspective, he serves as a Taskforce Leader for one of FEMA's Urban Search and Rescue Teams, which responds to presidential declared disasters. From an incident command perspective, Randall serves as the Deputy Planning Section Chief for a Type 3 Incident Management Team. From an Academic standpoint, Randall has a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration, a Master’s Degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership, and a Doctoral Degree in Business Administration with a specialization in homeland security. He is the associate author of Disaster Planning and Control, (Penwell 2009). which provides first responder's guidance through all types of disasters.

New Recruiting and Training Methods Have Changed Firefighting from Vocation to Profession

With the creation of EMS, hazardous materials, technical rescue and fire inspection services, a typical paid fire department must now be an all-hazards planning and response organization. As a result, first responder training and education has also undergone improvements.

Using Public Figures to Teach Emergency Management Leadership

Rudolph Giuliani was a little known name outside of New York until 9/11. Now, 16 years later, he is still on evening news programs providing his assessment of leadership.

First Responders: How Will You Take Care of Yourselves after Retirement?

Retirement used to begin at an age when your first responder body was beat up, but you still had time to enjoy your retirement. Things are different now.

Using Conferences to Overcome Limited Exposure

I would propose that you require a certain number of business cards from other conference attendees that you did not know prior to attending. More strategically, you need cards from your rank and higher and the follow-up strategy for that contact.

Response Considerations When Vehicles Become Terrorist Weapons

In the past year, several international events have occurred when terrorists have used vehicles as weapons; an expert offers some pointers on how to handle such events.

Firefighters Hiring and Promotion Pt 3

Can you afford to limit the pool of applicants to only those with all of the certifications? Unlike a business degree, firefighting certifications only work in one job and the general public does not go to school to see if they want to be a firefighter, thus the pool is very limited.

The Necessary Steps for Creating a Hazmat Response Unit

Hazardous material responses require a great deal of planning and training, which results in a direct benefit when an actual hazmat event occurs.

Mass Shooting Response: Creating Calm from Chaos, Part 2

There is a need for triage and the use of ambulances in an efficient, taxi-style transportation configuration after a mass shooting event. But how do we organize an incident command system to create this efficiency?

Active Shooter Planning for Business – Part 2

Adequate alarms and actions are the most important ways to save lives in the event of a active shooter incident at your place of work.

Basic Elements of Fire and Police Planning to Ensure Business Continuity

To ensure business continuity, business owners and managers should spend a few hours with local police and fire departments planning how emergency responders should react to an emergency at their business.