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Chris Langlois
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  • Omaha, NE
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Sep 22
Chris Langlois posted a blog post

Fire Service Leadership: Redefining the “Culture of Safety”

        “An organization’s culture is made up of its folklore, its rituals, its group norms, and its meeting protocols. All of these cultural ingredients influence the organization’s adaptability. The culture of an organization is not usually written down or formally documented, but it still powerfully determines what is considered acceptable and unacceptable behavior” (Heifetz, Grashow, & Linsky, 2009). With fire service culture, you have two choices; you can accept what you have, which…See More
Sep 22
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Fire Officer Development: Emergency Response, Management and Leadership

Anyone who has seen the HBO Mini-Series “Band of Brothers” knows who Major Richard Winters is. The leader of Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment states in his book, “Beyond Band of Brothers” that, “Having selected the right men for the job, I then delegated the authority to my subordinates and allowed them to use their initiative to execute the mission. There is no need to tell someone how to do his job if you have properly trained your team” (Winters, 2008).…See More
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Profile Information

Lives in:
Omaha, Nebraska
Department:
Omaha Fire Department
Title/rank:
Captain
Years of public service:
32
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Training, Officer Development, Leadership, Public Relations, Budget, ICS
Professional Qualifications:
32 years of volunteer, combination and career fire service experience. Firefighter II, Instructor II, Officer II, Driver/Operator, Incident Safety Officer, and NREMT-Paramedic. Associate Degree in Fire Science, Bachelor's degree in Public Fire Administration, a Master's Degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership and currently pursuing EFO Certification
Topics you provide training for:
Engine company operations, Incident Command, Organizational and Individual Leadership, Strategic Planning, Fire Dynamics, Firefighter Safety and Survival
Areas of expertise:
Engine Company Operations, Incident Command, Leadership
Bio:
32 years of volunteer, combination and career fire service experience in both Louisiana and Nebraska. Currently serves as the captain of an engine company with the Omaha (NE) Fire Department and is a plans team manager with the Nebraska Task Force 1 US&R Team. Was a 2013 and 2014 and 2018 FDIC instructor.

Chris Langlois's Blog

Fire Service Leadership: Redefining the “Culture of Safety”

        “An organization’s culture is made up of its folklore, its rituals, its group norms, and its meeting protocols. All of these cultural ingredients influence the organization’s adaptability. The culture of an organization is not usually written down or formally documented, but it still powerfully determines what is considered acceptable and unacceptable behavior” (Heifetz, Grashow, & Linsky, 2009). With fire service culture, you have two choices; you…

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Posted on September 22, 2019 at 2:00pm

Fire Officer Development: Emergency Response, Management and Leadership

Anyone who has seen the HBO Mini-Series “Band of Brothers” knows who Major Richard Winters is. The leader of Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment states in his book, “Beyond Band of Brothers” that, “Having selected the right men for the job, I then delegated the authority to my subordinates and allowed them to use their initiative to execute the mission. There is no need to tell someone how to do his job if you have properly trained your…

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Posted on June 8, 2019 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Moving From a Policy-Based to a Values-Driven Fire Department

     One of the key components of any crew, team or organization is having a group of people who believe in the same thing. An organization that knows what it truly believes in, and brings together people who believe what the organization believes, can be extremely effective in accomplishing the mission of the organization. Shared identified core values, such as courage, duty, honor, or integrity, give the organization and everyone who is a part of it a benchmark…

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Posted on July 13, 2017 at 12:47pm

Dr. King and the Power of a Vision

     Today, January 16, 2017, is the day set aside to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the powerful change that he helped bring about in this country. We often think of leaders as those in a position of authority, or holding a title or rank and possessing official power to enact their wishes or create change by issuing orders or writing policy. Dr. King had none of this. He had no official authority or power. Leadership has nothing to do with title, position…

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Posted on January 16, 2017 at 10:30am

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