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Leadership: You know it when you see it!

What is to be said of an effective and efficient crew of firefighters on an apparatus, in a firehouse, or on a particular shift; What is it that forms this synergistic effect between personnel? You know it when you don’t see it, right? We’ve all grumbled beneath our frustrated breath at some point over a ‘not very effective’…See More
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Leigh H. Shapiro posted a blog post

Company Officers: Are you a Manager or a Leader? Hint: I know the answer, and you should too!

Are you the kind of company officer that provides guidance, leadership and mentoring? Or Do you barricade yourself in your room all day and night only to come out for calls, food and toilet time, and when your relief man comes in?Are you taking the time to explain and teach the probies assigned to you and your house about the intricacies and nuances of the job at EVERY opportunity? Or Are you quick to dismiss inquiries and curiosities, rush back to the barn so you can flop again, and completely…See More
Jan 2
Leigh H. Shapiro posted a blog post

The New Generation

On October 27th, my youngest son (center) joined the ranks of the Hartford Fire Department, as did his brother ten years prior, and as I did back in 1988.  I had 8 weeks of training and the rest was ON THE JOB as they used to say!  My youngest just endured 16 weeks of comprehensive training, testing, and certification to become the best trained, prepared, and ready to work firefighter that the modern fire service has to offer.  We have come a long way in this endeavor to protect and serve, and…See More
Nov 28, 2017
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Profile Information

Lives in:
West Hartford, CT
Department:
Hartford Fire Dept. (ret.)
Title/rank:
Deputy Fire Chief/Senior Tour Commander
Years of public service:
33
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Accountability, Leadership, Tenure
Professional Qualifications:
MS in Executive Fire Service Leadership
BS in Public Safety Administration
AAS in Fire Science Technology
CT Certified Fire Marshal
FF-III, FO-II, FSI-I, ISO, HSO, NIMS, FEMA Emer. Man., EMT
Topics you provide training for:
Leadership, Fire Ground Ops, Incident Command, Human Dynamics, Fire Administration
Areas of expertise:
Fire Ground Ops, Leadership, Fire Administration
Bio:
Leigh H. Shapiro is a recently retired Deputy Chief/Senior Tour Commander from the Hartford CT Fire Dept., having served 28 years on the line. During his tenure, he served as LT, Capt, DC, and Interim Assistant Chief/Deputy Director Of Emergency Management. He now operates a fire service consulting firm and is a lecturer on real-world fire service leadership development. He can be contacted at bernenbush@comcast.net.

Leigh H. Shapiro's Blog

Leadership: You know it when you see it!

What is to be said of an effective and efficient crew of firefighters on an apparatus, in a firehouse, or on a particular shift; What is it that forms this synergistic effect between personnel? You know it when you don’t see it, right? We’ve all grumbled beneath our frustrated breath at some point over a…

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Posted on January 17, 2018 at 5:34pm

Company Officers: Are you a Manager or a Leader? Hint: I know the answer, and you should too!

Are you the kind of company officer that provides guidance, leadership and mentoring?

Or

Do you barricade yourself in your room all day and night only to come out for calls, food and toilet time, and when your relief man comes in?

Are you taking the time to explain and teach the probies assigned to you and your house about the intricacies and nuances of the job at EVERY opportunity?

Or

Are you quick to dismiss inquiries and curiosities, rush back to the barn so you…

Continue

Posted on January 2, 2018 at 2:00pm

The New Generation

On October 27th, my youngest son (center) joined the ranks of the Hartford Fire Department, as did his brother ten years prior, and as I did back in 1988.  I had 8 weeks of training and the rest was ON THE JOB as they used to say!  My youngest just endured 16 weeks of comprehensive training, testing, and certification to become the best trained, prepared, and ready to work firefighter that the modern fire service has to offer.  We have come a long way in this endeavor to protect and serve,…

Continue

Posted on November 28, 2017 at 7:07pm — 2 Comments

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