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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.

Is Communication Our Excuse for Our Lack of Competence?

If emergency management agencies do not commit time and resources, as well as create an honest and objective feedback system for training and exercises, we will never be fully competent.

Quantification versus Qualification in the Fire Service

Fire service quantification and qualification provides ways to show the community how we currently operate and improve ourselves.

Preparing Communities for Recurring and Frequent Floods

In recent months, many hurricanes and other storms have produced widespread floods and flash flooding. However, many communities are not ready for floods.

Whole Community Concept: How Do We Improve How First Responders Work with Local Helpers?

As we watched Harvey, we can stand proud of local, state, and federal response teams, as well as community citizens who rescued others in need.

Emergency Management Lessons: What Can We Learn from Recent Hurricanes?

Numerous record hurricanes this year provided lessons to emergency managers, enabling them to determine what worked and what needs improvement.

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.