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How to Ensure That Your Department Fulfills Its Vision

This article originally appeared in the March 2014 edition of Fire Engineering magazine.Why are we here? Why does the fire department exist? What are we trying to achieve each time we show up for our duty shift or are toned out to an emergency? Many fire departments have a mission statement that usually consists of a short explanation of what the department does to protect the life and property of the people of the community, but what exactly does that encompass, and what do the people really…See More
May 3
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Leading Organizational Change: Knowing True North and Actually Getting There

As a fire chief or any organizational leader, you set the tone, the vision and the direction that the organization is going to move in. As the person at the rudder of the ship, it is also necessary for you to recognize when change is necessary, and more importantly how to steer the ship through that change without ending up on the rocks.Policy, procedure or SOP changes can be written and put into place quite easily, but none of them really matter if the actual changes don’t take place out in…See More
Apr 19
Chris Langlois posted a blog post

The Illusion of the Broken System

     The frustrated members of many fire departments, can often be seen gathering in small groups of like-minded people, discussing why they can’t make any improvements or solve the many problems they see, why their department can’t be progressive, and why their particular organization will never be what they want it to be. They constantly see great ideas in the fire service, best practices that other departments are initiating, leadership in other departments that are fostering trust,…See More
Dec 27, 2019
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Sep 22, 2019
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, 2019
Chris Langlois posted a blog post

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
Jun 8, 2019

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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

How to Ensure That Your Department Fulfills Its Vision

This article originally appeared in the March 2014 edition of Fire Engineering magazine.

Why are we here? Why does the fire department exist? What are we trying to achieve each time we show up for our duty shift or are toned out to an emergency? Many fire departments have a mission statement that usually consists of a short explanation of what the department does to protect the life and property of the…

Continue

Posted on May 3, 2020 at 3:00pm

Leading Organizational Change: Knowing True North and Actually Getting There

As a fire chief or any organizational leader, you set the tone, the vision and the direction that the organization is going to move in. As the person at the rudder of the ship, it is also necessary for you to recognize when change is necessary, and more importantly how to steer the ship through that change without ending up on the rocks.

Policy, procedure or SOP changes can be written and put into place quite easily,…

Continue

Posted on April 19, 2020 at 3:00pm

The Illusion of the Broken System

     The frustrated members of many fire departments, can often be seen gathering in small groups of like-minded people, discussing why they can’t make any improvements or solve the many problems they see, why their department can’t be progressive, and why their particular organization will never be what they want it to be. They constantly see great ideas in the fire service, best practices that other departments are initiating, leadership in other…

Continue

Posted on December 27, 2019 at 4:00pm

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

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