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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.

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.

Spring Disasters: Getting the Management Basics Right

All disasters start locally. If you get the management basics right on the small events, that will make the big events easier to handle.

A Tiered EMS System Improves Responses and Patient Care

Having a well-organized and efficient tiered EMS system will reduce the time spent by crews at an incident scene and allows faster definitive care.

To Receive Funds, Volunteer Organizations Need More Data

Each community will reach a point when it must hire paid personnel. Providing valid data from volunteer organizations to support this need is key.

Why Volunteer Agencies Can't Be Fast, Reliable and Free

Volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT) services are expected to be free or nearly free in many communities.

Make Sure Your Incident Command Vehicle Meets Your Needs

Incident command vehicles: The overall resources of an organization and its standard operating procedures commonly dictate a vehicle’s design.

Should Stricter Standards Be In Place for Disaster Funds?

Disaster funds: We must find a new way of combating repeated losses that drain funds and cost taxpayers unsustainable amounts.

Responding to the Growing Number of Hate Crimes

Once key targets for hate crimes are identified, first responders should ensure that their incident plans are current.