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Get Rid of an Obsolete Rank
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Looking to save jobs and dollars, improve safety, combat complacency, and improve flexibility? Flatten your organizational chart and get rid of the Engineer rank. Instead, train all to drive and…Continue

Tags: strategy, HR, management, structure, Organizational

Started this discussion. Last reply by zachary wolf Nov 19, 2014.

Fire Econ 101

What are five ideas that the fire service needs to hear to progress and reduce casualties? Check out the attached Fire Econ 101.

Started Jun 10, 2010

Fire Econ 103

Think that charging for inspections is a good way to help the city budget? Think that charging for emergency services is wrong? Not so fast. Check out the attached Fire Econ 103.

Started Jun 10, 2010

Fire Econ 102

Think that saving lives and property is the primary way firefighters serve the public good? Think again. Check out the attached Fire Econ 102.

Started Jun 10, 2010


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Lives in:
402 W Wilson St, Monticello, IL
400 S Vine St, Urbana, IL
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Tech Rescue, Safety
Professional Qualifications:
Fire Officer I/EMT, Haz-Mat Tech B, SAR Tech II,
Vertical/Trench/Confined Space/Structural Collapse Tech,
M.Human Resource Mgmt, Univ of Illinois.
Pending Certs: CFPS, FO II, Inspector 1
Topics you provide training for:
Fitness/Safety; Officer Development
Areas of expertise:
Strategic management; HR economics
BA Rhetoric, Univ of Illinois, 1987. US Army, Infantry, 1988-1992. Entered the fire service in 1995 with the University of Illinois FD. Survived that department's elimination and landed with Urbana Fire-Rescue in 1998.
Master in Human Resource Mgmt, Univ Illinois, 2002. Honors, 1st in class. Conducted economic analysis of US Fire Service.

Brian Houska's Blog

Intro to Better, Stronger, Safer

In the past I've refrained from trying to tempt or provoke readers by offering the startling conclusions of my work in an introduction. I've done so under the assumption that these conclusions are so contrary to popular opinion that they're more likely to drive readers away rather than engage them. I'm going to mix it up, and list a few of these so that the reader can decide if this group and blog might be worth joining or following, if only to prove me wrong. Here goes.

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Posted on June 8, 2010 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

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