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Richard B. Gasaway, PhD
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  • Roseville, Minnesota
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Lives in:
Roseville, Minnesota
Roseville Fire Department
Fire Chief (ret.)
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Professional Qualifications:
30 years of fire/EMS experience
22 years as a fire chief
Doctor of Philosophy degree in leadership
Topics you provide training for:
Company officer and command leadership
Fifty Ways to Kill a First Responder
The Mental Management of Emergencies
Fireground Decision Making
Fireground Situational Awareness
Areas of expertise:
Situational Awareness
Decision Making Under Stress
Cognitive Psychology
Richard B. Gasaway entered the fire service in 1979 and has served as firefighter, paramedic, lieutenant, captain, assistant chief and fire chief in 6 fire and EMS agencies in West Virginia, Ohio and Minnesota. After completing his 30-year fire service career, Chief Gasaway founded the Center for the Advancement of Situation Awareness and Decision Making, an organization dedicated to improving how individuals, teams and organizations make decisions in stressful environments.

Chief Gasaway holds bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in finance, economics, business administration and leadership. He is a resident faculty member at the National Fire Academy and is an instructor in the Executive Development Program for the Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and is a Credentialed Chief Fire Officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

As a professional speaker and author, Dr. Gasaway has contributed to more than 130 books, book chapters and journal articles on topics related to leadership, safety and decision making. His best selling book, Fireground Command Decision Making, serves as a popular read for developing and experienced incident commanders. His high-energy, humor filled presentations are a favorite with emergency service providers and have earned him over 500 program and keynote address invitations throughout the United States, Canada, The United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Australia and Borneo.

Dr. Gasaway has been the recipient of several prestigious honors including the American Heart Association’s Phoenix Award, the C. B. Shingleton Academic Scholarship, the William J. Litzinger Outstanding Instructor Award, and the British Fire Journal – W.L. Gore Research Excellence Award.

Chief Gasaway hosts the Leader’s Toolbox on – a monthly podcast radio program that addresses leadership challenges in emergency services. The program has enjoyed more than 125,000 downloads making it one of the most popular fire service leadership podcast shows on the Internet.

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At 1:17pm on January 20, 2009, Rob Cannon said…
Your latest "The Leader"s Toolbox" podcast "Facing the Challenges in 2009" really inspired me. It also put into perspective what I need to do to accomplish my goals in 2009. No doubt, it's going to be a tough year, but I look forward to your future podcasts to help keep me on top of my game.

Stay Safe,
At 4:00pm on November 14, 2008, Tim Zehnder said…
Hello Chief welcome to the site

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