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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.

Leadership during COVID-19: Plans and Communication

COVID-19: As leaders during this global pandemic, we must properly manage two main areas in our organizations: planning and communication.

The Qualities of Outstanding First Responder Candidates

What are the biggest qualities you should look for in a first responder candidate? Hiring a outstanding first responder starts with aligned values.

The Need for Fire Service Education and Associations

Joining the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) was one of the best actions of my career. If you want to be a fire chief, you should surround yourself with fire chiefs.

Hiring for Character and Competency in the Fire Service

By hiring for both character and competency, fire service management can ensure that communities are served by the best possible people they can hire.

How Far Ahead in Your Fire Service Career Are You Planning?

Stronger demands for proper credentials has made career planning difficult and has forced many fire service people to readjust their educational paths.

Integrating Community Risk Reduction into Public Service Agencies

Fire prevention has long-lasting effects in the community. This is because fires and EMS calls have long-term consequences when they occur.

Managing Community Risk Reduction in the Fire Service

One of the movements in the fire service over the past two decades is the movement towards community risk reduction as opposed to fire prevention.

Supporting Rural Fire and EMS: Time for a National Initiative?

Good fire and EMS services, especially in rural areas, are key to the survival of many people, especially to the elderly population.

The Disturbing Leadership Vacuum in Many Fire Services

Firefighters have many stages in their career and life, marked by some responsibilities and activities that either lend to or detract from leadership.

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.