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Lives in:
Richmond, Va
Hanover (VA) Fire & EMS
Division Chief
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Top issues in your department:
Managing growth while developing a culture based on hard work and the love of the job!
Professional Qualifications:
BA-Human Resources Management, AA- Fire Science, working on MA-Homeland Security & Emergency Planning. Instructor/Officer, etc.
Topics you provide training for:
Leadership, Instructor Development, Firefighter Survival
Areas of expertise:
Leading With Attitude!
Eddie Buchanan began his career in 1982 and currently serves as a Division Chief for Hanover (VA) Fire & EMS. He is author of the Volunteer Training Officer's Handbook and co-author of the Red, White & Blue Ribbon Reports from the IAFC/VCOS. He serves on the Technical Committee on Fire Service Training for the NFPA and is the President-Elect for the International Society of Fire Service Instructors.
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Interior vs. Exterior, Combat, and other stuff.

Not to be overly dramatic, but to me, fire attack is combat.  Not much different than any other type of fight.  My intention is to present an overwhelming force that ends the fight quickly and in my favor.  This isn’t to be confused with fighting sports.  In the sporting environment, it’s often my turn, your turn, then my turn, and so on.  As my favorite defensive instructor says, “In a real fight, it’s my turn, my turn and my turn.”  The enemy never gets a chance beyond the ambush!  Also,…


Posted on December 24, 2016 at 11:31am

Where's OSHA?

I recently had the honor of speaking to the NFPA Forum in Indianapolis.  The NFPA Forum is made up of three representatives from all of the major fire service organizations for the purpose of solving complex issues and moving the fire service forward.  It really is an powerful group with an awesome purpose! I sat in the morning session to listen in while I waited for my turn at the podium.  

The morning session focused on cancer presumption in the fire service.  I expect my knowledge…


Posted on October 29, 2015 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Social Media Blogs are Like Opinions: Everybody’s Got One!

There is plenty of change going on the world these days, and the fire service is no different.  We are looking into the science of our business and debating how to apply it, wrestling with generational issues, technology, etc., but one of the most striking changes to come along in the last ten years or so has been the way we get our information.  And it is important to recognize these changes and how they influence our industry.  Our younger members may not have the experience to recognize…


Posted on April 1, 2015 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

ISFSI Press Release on Principles of Modern Fire Attack - SLICE-RS

Here's a press release from the ISFSI on their Principles of Modern Fire Attack Program.  It includes some tactical clarifications that might help some out.  

Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Leigh Hubbard, Executive Director ISFSI

804-435-0005 Ext 14

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Update on…


Posted on November 21, 2014 at 10:28am

The Facts on SLICE-RS

Lot's of discussion/conflict on the SLICE-RS concept, which I think is great. Conflict/discussion is a necessary indicator of change. Without it, everything remains the same. Although, some of the who-ha is inaccurate. Not picking on this guy. It just happens to be the example of the day. A few facts that might be helpful: 

1) Rescue remains the highest priority of the fire department. We're every bit as aggressive on rescue as ever; I'd argue more aggressive and more e…


Posted on November 19, 2014 at 9:40am

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At 3:17pm on April 28, 2010, Nick Morgan said…
Hey Chief, I joined ISFSI at FDIC this year. Looking forward to doing more teaching in the future.
At 9:39am on May 5, 2009, Rick Decorie said…
Just read your bookVolunteer Training Officer's Handbook. Good information that I plan on using. Congrats on becoming President of ISFSI. Been a member a long time.
At 8:21pm on May 20, 2008, Gordon J. Nord Jr. said…
Ed.... hope all is well and hope to see you soon !
At 8:17am on May 2, 2008, G. Douglas Webb said…
Read some of your work and wanted to say Hi. I work as a fire instructor for Dominion (Va. Power) and am retired from Chesterfield. Tell Wayne Woo Hi also. If we can be of any help to you guys get in touch. ps Didn't you go to Bay County, Florida in 98?
At 5:51pm on April 13, 2008, David Ebel said…

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A site for responders by responders.. please check it out for yourself. Be honored to have you see for yourself.
At 12:53pm on March 20, 2008, Leigh T. Hollins said…
Please consider joining the new group "Advanced Vehicle Extrication" and offer your initial comments or photos.
Leigh T. Hollins
At 10:31pm on March 6, 2008, Stacy White said…
Wanted to let you know that the IFIA was honored to have you as our Keynote in January. I again enjoyed your lecture series at the Annual Fire Caucus and have passed on different key points you made at both events to anothers, both in the Fire Service and out of it. Looking forward to seeing you at FDIC, stay safe!
At 10:21pm on March 6, 2008, Rich Collins said…
Hey Eddie!

How are you doing....Talk about my photo, I agree with Diane, was that from a calendar?
At 9:32pm on March 6, 2008, Anthony Avillo said…
Eddie B
what's shakin?
c u in indy
ready 4 the noodle
just wanna sing some blues
stay safe
At 2:40pm on March 6, 2008, Diane Feldman said…
Hey, what was that, your calendar photo?

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