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Captain Mike Dugan (FDNY) and Captain Mike Gagliano (Seattle Fire) are having a blast talking with other firefighters are about making their firehouse great... A place everyone wants to work.

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Captain Mike Dugan (FDNY) and Captain Mike Gagliano (Seattle Fire) are having a blast talking with other firefighters about making their firehouse great... A place everyone wants to work.

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Comment by Mike Gagliano on July 12, 2011 at 5:44pm

Join Capt. Mike Dugan (FDNY) and Capt. Mike Gagliano (Seattle Fire) on Wednesday June 13, at 4:30 PM (Pacific) to discuss creating good drill opportunities and how to run a great fire academy with Chief Mike Gilbert (Brevard CC Fire Training Academy/Melbourne FD) and Chief Bob Hahn (Cold Spring Harbor FD).

Chief Gilbert and Chief Hahn will share over 75 years of combined fire service experience in an effort to help you plan better drills, maximize your results and create a fire training academy that gets the best results possible.

As always, you can listen live or in archive at and call in with any questions at 1-877-497-3973 or 1-760-454-8852

Comment by Mike Gagliano on June 28, 2011 at 12:47pm

Join Capt. Mike Dugan (FDNY) and Capt. Mike Gagliano (Seattle Fire Dept.) as they speak with FDNY legend, Chief Vincent Dunn, at 4:30 PM (Pacific Time) this Wednesday (June 29).


Chief Dunn will be answering questions on High Rise firefighting strategy and tactics. You can listen to the radio show at and call in to ask questions of your own at 1-877-497-3973/1-760-454-8852.


The show will be archived for podcasts.


Chief Dunn was a veteran of 42 years on the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), 27 of which were as a chief officer. He is the author of Safety and Survival on the Fireground andCollapse of Burning Buildings. Fire Engineering Books recently released his newest book,Command and Control of Fires and Emergencies. He developed and taught a number of courses for the FDNY, the FBI and the National Fire Academy and is a regular contributor to WNYF. He has a masters degree in urban studies, a bachelor’s degree in sociology and an associate degree in fire administration from Queens College, City University of New York.

Comment by Michael J. Anderson on June 16, 2011 at 6:45pm
Thanks for the follow-up information.
Comment by Mike Gagliano on June 16, 2011 at 6:43pm

Suggested Reading List for Chief Bob Burns (FDNY)


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People -  Stephen R. Covey

This is not a quick read.  It is sometimes a little corny, but very thought provoking.  If you take it to heart, it will make you a better person not just a better leader.  


From Buddy to Boss - Chase Sargent (Virginia Beach FD Ret.) 

This is the best leadership book written by a member of the fire service for the first line supervisor. There are some interesting quotes from past and present leaders and enough valid leadership lessons to make it worth your time.  


Crucial Conversations - Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, Switzler

This is an excellent book on oral communication. It is the first in a series of four books written by these authors.  I recommend that all students read it. Most people that start with this book eventually end up reading all four.


The Leadership Challenge - Kouzes and Posner

A traditional Leadership book.  Good background and reference material.


Three websites that all fire officers should have in their favorites folder:

  1. – The Secret List
  2. – Leadership/Communication Newsletter
  3. – Fire Service Training & Sims


I am always available to answer questions or discuss leadership issues via e-mail  If you put Elsmere 2011 on the subject line, I will make sure that I open it promptly and respond as soon as possible.

Comment by Mike Gagliano on June 13, 2011 at 8:06pm

Join Capt. Mike Dugan (FDNY) and Capt. Mike Gagliano (Seattle Fire Dept.), on Wednesday June 15th at 4:30 PM (Pacific), as they chat with Ch. Robert Burns (FDNY) on the subject of Fire Department Leadership.

If you are interested in learning about effective leadership in the dynamic world of the fire service, you will not be disappointed. Chief Burns has created some of the most innovative and successful leadership programs in the history of the FDNY and will answer your questions live and with no punches pulled.

Robert Burns is a retired Battalion Chief from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY). Prior to his recent retirement in 2011, he served the FDNY for 37 years, the last 18as a chief officer. During his career, Chief Burns spent 34 years in various field commands throughout the city and also served as a Safety Battalion Chief, a HazMat Chief and an original member of the FDNY’s Incident Management Team.

In addition to having been an adjunct instructor teaching leadership at John Jay College, BC Burns headed the curriculum development group responsible for designing and delivering the leadership modules of the FDNY promotional training courses for lieutenants, captains, and battalion chiefs. He served as the Director of the New York State First Line Supervisor’s Training Program at the FDNY Fire Academy from 2007 until 2010. Chief Burns is a nationally certified Fire Instructor level II, and currently conducts leadership training workshops for career and volunteer fire departments around the country.


Call in with questions at 1-877-497-3973 (Toll Free)
or 1-760-454-8852. You can listen in at:

All prior programs are available in archive.

Comment by Mike Gagliano on May 31, 2011 at 10:30pm

Join Capt. Mike Dugan (FDNY) and Capt. Mike Gagliano (Seattle Fire Dept.), on Wednesday June 1st at 4:30 PM (Pacific), as they chat with Ch. Brian Kazmierzak

 (Clay FD) and Ch. Forest Reeder (Pleasantview FPD) of

If you are interested in effective training or creating drills that will elevate the game of your firefighters, this is the show for you. If you struggle with getting your members to passionately embrace the idea of strategic and tactical excellence, Brian and Forest will provide some answers. Or if you would simply like to ask a question of two of the finest minds in the fire service, whose collaboration with Chief Goldfeder ( has set the standard for online training, here’s your chance.

Call in with questions at 1-877-497-3973 (Toll Free)
or 1-760-454-8852. You can listen in at

All prior programs are available in archive. 

Comment by Mike Gagliano on May 23, 2011 at 5:18pm

Dan Madrzykowski (NIST) live interview/Q and A on Wednesday May 25th at 4:30 PM(Pacific) on Fire Engineering Radio

Join Capt. Mike Dugan (FDNY) and Capt. Mike Gagliano (Seattle Fire Dept.) as they chat with Dan Madrzykowski, of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), on a range of issues including:

1. Are fires “hotter” today than ever before?
2. What is the impact of plastics and synthetics on heat release rates and heat flux?
3. How should lightweight construction impact your tactical decisions?
4. Does correctly applied ventilation actually “cool” the interior environment?
5. Are we taking a risky approach in our current procedures in ventilating fuel rich, under ventilated situations?
6. Why are things like “flow paths” critical to both vent plan?
7. What is the latest information on “wind driven” fires?
8. Should we be hitting fires from the outside with water more often than is currently practiced?
9. Can we actually push fire with hose streams?
10. How is our current PPE, including the durability of our face pieces under high temperatures, holding up in today’s fires?
11. How accurate is the new wave of “scientific” research as it applies to the dynamic, variable intensive emergency scenes faced by firefighters?

These and a host of other questions, including the ones you call in ask, will be answered by the 2009 IFSI Instructor of the Year, Dan Madrzykowski.


You can access the show at and call in live beginning at 4:30 PM (Pacific) at 1-877-497-3973 (Toll Free)/1-760-454-8852.

Comment by Nick Morgan on April 28, 2011 at 5:00pm

Thanks for the add Mike, look forward to following the discussion.  I'd like to see STLFD E-28 become a "house that Rocks!".


Comment by Stephen Charlton on April 27, 2011 at 9:08pm
It was a great show  Congrats
Comment by Michael M. Dugan on April 27, 2011 at 9:02pm
Nice show tonight. thanks to all the brothers and sister who listened and called in. more to come.

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