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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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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 against which they can base all…See More
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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 or power, rather real…See More
Jan 16, 2017
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Maintaining a Mission-First Fire Service Culture

     Every department, group, organization, team, etc was initially created to achieve a mission. The founding members of the organization clearly understood what that mission was, and focused their efforts on achieving it. Over time though, the organization can lose focus on that mission.     What is your fire department’s mission? Why does it exist? What is its purpose? What is it’s WHY? Yes, I know that there are many departments with well thought out, although perhaps long winded mission…See More
Nov 21, 2016
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Nov 21, 2016
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TRUST Makes Leadership Possible, Pt. 2

       Previously in TRUST Makes Leadership Possible, Part 1 we briefly discussed the concept of leaders trusting their people (trust down the chain of command). But there is another side to the two-way street that is trust, and it is just as important if not more so.       In the first part I quoted Gen. Colin Powell during an interview about trust. In the same interview Gen.…See More
Nov 30, 2015
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TRUST Makes Leadership Possible, Pt. 1

During an interview, Gen. Colin Powell was asked what the one thing that makes leadership possible is. Without hesitation, and displaying absolute conviction he replied, “Trust”.Do you feel that you can trust all of the people in your organization to always go out, do the right thing, and make good decisions while doing the job? If not, why? People in positions of authority in the fire service (notice I didn’t say leaders, because leadership is choice, not a position or rank), often feel that…See More
Nov 28, 2015
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Trust: It’s Not Just About WHAT We Do, But WHY We Do It!

     Have you ever been questioned by an elected official, fire board member, or the general public about what you do and how you do it? Does this sound familiar in any way…”Why do you need four firefighters on every fire truck?...Where does all that money in your budget go? Why do you need this expensive equipment, apparatus, facility, station, etc? Or, how about this one, “I called 911 for an ambulance and a fire truck with a bunch of firefighters showed up too. What a waste of taxpayer…See More
Oct 1, 2015
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Aug 12, 2015
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Pt. 2: The Art of War for Fire Service Leadership & Combat

           Written 2,500 years ago by Sun Tzu, a general and strategist in ancient China (770-476 BCE), The Art of War consists of organizational and strategic planning to help an army achieve victory in battle. It continues to be relevant and is used in modern military study and increasingly being applied to business and leadership strategies.           This is the continuation of a…See More
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Profile Information

Lives in:
Omaha, Nebraska
Department:
Omaha Fire Department
Title/rank:
Captain
Years of public service:
29
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Training, Officer Development, Leadership, Public Relations, Budget, ICS
Professional Qualifications:
29 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:
29 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 FDIC instructor.

Chris Langlois's Blog

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

Maintaining a Mission-First Fire Service Culture

     Every department, group, organization, team, etc was initially created to achieve a mission. The founding members of the organization clearly understood what that mission was, and focused their efforts on achieving it. Over time though, the organization can lose focus on that mission.

     What is your fire department’s mission? Why does it exist? What is its purpose? What is it’s WHY? Yes, I know that there are many…

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Posted on November 21, 2016 at 12:30pm

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