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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.

Effects of Not Being Able to Interact with the Public

COVID-19 has required many adjustments for the Fire Department to include not interacting with the public for community risk reduction activities.

Company Officers’ Need for Knowledge and Responsibility

Company officers’ responsibilities can vary depending on the organization. However, it is definitely necessary for company officers to have a well-rounded education and proper training.

COVID-19 Business Adjustments Are Changing Fire Safety

For society, 2020 has been a very different year, due to the coronavirus. In March, much of the economy shut down, which restricted people being able to go into businesses.

Emergency Services: The Best Strategic Planning Tactics (Part 2)

While strategic planning may be a little messy and probably not performed in the same way as a strategic planning textbook recommends, you are simultaneously training the command staff as you build the plan.

Emergency Services: The Best Strategic Planning Tactics (Part 1)

Many emergency service organizations have no formalized plan for where their organization plans to be in five years. My belief is that the idea of strategic planning scares most organizations.

Hurricane Laura and the Costs of Disaster Response

We always deploy resources to respond to disasters like Hurricane Laura. But deploying resources needs buy-in from many agencies to work effectively.

COVID-19: Will This Be the Public Health’s 9/11?

Prior to 9/11, many fire departments were very independent. Many established and administered command of a scene differently.

Successful Fire Response: What Should Be the Benchmark?

Some people state that we have a successful fire response if no firefighters are hurt and even use this benchmark as their track record. Others become irate, stating that the fact no firefighters are hurt in an incident is a given, not a measure of success.

Dispatch Centers: Key to the Success of 911 Responders

Public safety organizations need to work with their dispatch centers to identify the proper information that needs to be relayed upon dispatch.

Can Emergency Management Utilize Work from Home Employees?

The coronavirus pandemic has caused many changes to emergency management and services, but it has also revealed new opportunities.