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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. Randall is the CEO/principal consultant of an emergency services consulting firm, providing analysis and solutions related to organizational structuring of fire and EMS organizations. 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 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 responders with guidance through all types of disasters.

Fire Service Education: The Past, Present and Future

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of attending the Fire and Emergency Services Professional Development Leadership summit, held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Leadership and Budgeting Issues in Organizational Transition

Many firefighting organizations will transition to paid in-station personnel. This organizational transition will be tough due to numerous changes.

Supporting the Disaster Response for Hurricane Dorian

As Hurricane Dorian approaches the coast of the Carolinas, a large-scale response is underway to deliver services. But what aid do teams provide?

Preparing to Help Other Agencies during Incidents

Take the time to meet your fellow public safety counterparts and collaborate with them in order to learn how they handle events and how you can help them.

Roadway Safety: How Can EMS Personnel Be Better Protected?

EMS Roadway Safety Dilemma: If traffic is stopped ahead of a full-speed driver on the highway because of an accident, could another serious accident occur?

Choosing the Right Performance Metrics for Fire Services

To make our organizations more effective, we must first identify those performance metrics which we desire to measure and develop reports or dashboards.

Motivating Firefighters to Maintain Physical Fitness

As firefighters, we are in control of the physical fitness of our organization. Be sure that you are a model of what you want your organization to become.

The Fatal Danger of Ignoring Fire Service Standards

Fire Service Standards: Like most activities in the fire service, we are not too proactive. We usually need an impetus in order to make the change.

Surge Capacity: Is It Possible during the Summer Months?

Many facilities need 24/7 coverage and the ability to recall personnel for surge capacity. But is surge capacity possible in the summer months?

Summer: Ideal for Practicing Firefighting’s Basic Skills

Now that warm summer weather is here, it is a good time to practice basic skills. These basic skills will be important throughout a firefighter’s career.