Fire Engineering Training Community

Where firefighters come to talk training

Douglas K. Cline
  • Male
  • United States
Share on Facebook MySpace

Douglas K. Cline's Friends

  • Justin Arnold
  • James Johnson
  • Michael D. Staats
  • Christopher Huston
  • Harry Rountree
  • none
  • John Tippett
  • Christopher G. Parker
  • John Barrett
  • Christopher Naum, SFPE
  • David Sasser
  • Tim Zehnder
  • Patrick Hultman
  • Michael Swiman
  • Jeffrey Pindelski

Douglas K. Cline's Groups


Douglas K. Cline's Page

Profile Information

Lives in:
Aynor, South Carolina
Horry County Fire Rescue
Assistant Chief
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Top issues in your department:
Leadership, Staffing, cultural change
Professional Qualifications:
Bachelors of Social Work, NREMT-P, Certified Fire Officer
Topics you provide training for:
Leadership, Company Officer Development, Instructor Development, Rapid Intervention Teams, Safety and Survival, Live Fire Training
Areas of expertise:
Officer Development, RIT/Safety Survival, Instruction Development
Douglas Cline, Chief of the Training and Professional Development Division with Horry County Fire Recue, a Metro Department with over 840 Fire and Emergency Medical Personnel, serving a diverse population and 1250 square miles of jurisdiction. He is a Executive Editor for The Fire Officer and Executive Director for the Command Institute in Washington D.C.

A 35-year fire and emergency services veteran as well as a well-known international speaker and instructor presenting dynamic power packed /high intensity programs on leadership, instructor development, officer development, fire ground tactics, rapid intervention team training and firefighter safety and survival. Cline is a highly published author of articles, blogs and textbooks for both Fire and EMS. As a Chief Officer, Cline is a distinguished authority of officer development and has traveled internationally delivering distinguished programs on leadership and officer development. He also has a diverse line of training videos on Leadership, Rapid Intervention Team Training, Vehicle Fires, Hose Line Management, Emergency Vehicle Operations and Fire Ground Safety and Survival.
Cline, a retired Fire Chief, is a Level III Fire Instructor, National Fire Academy Instructor and an EMS Instructor. Chief Cline is the Immediate President of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI), past President of the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs (SEAFC), a member of the South Carolina and North Carolina Society of Fire and Rescue Instructors. Cline serves as a National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) Advocate for Everyone Goes Home, serves on the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Act Grant criteria development committee, Congressional Fire Service Institute (CFSI) National Advisory Committee, FDIC Advisory Board and a peer reviewer for the Fire Act Grants.

In 1999, Cline was honored by the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) by being awarded the prestigious George D. Post International Instructor of the Year. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Services with a Minor in Education from Concord University. He is an Associate Professor at Horry Georgetown Community College teaching in the Fire Science Associates program.

Chief Cline has been actively involved with the fire dynamics research conducted by ISFSI and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). As a Strategy and Tactics theorist he has worked to help translated the research data into cutting edge operational theories, methodologies instructional programs and fire ground tactical operations focused on the Modern Fire Environment.

Chief Cline is the executive producer of Fire Engineering’s “Fire and Training Blog Talk Radio show and Fire Weekly’s “The Chief’s Trumpet”, the official Blog Talk Radio show for the Southeast Association of Fire Chiefs. Cline is the co-producer of the Fire and EMS Blogs “"
Web site:

Douglas K. Cline's Photos

  • Add Photos
  • View All

Douglas K. Cline's Blog

Unlocking Organizational Potential through Servant Leadership

As a servant leader you should constantly be focused on making the organization better. There is no better way than to tap into the organization's most valued resource, the people within. By investing in these people, they will give the organization a substantial return. The read more visit…


Posted on June 5, 2016 at 10:31am

Leadership Credibility...Do you have it?

Credibility refers to the objective and subjective components of the believability of a source. In the modern fire service credibility has two critical components that cannot be really faked; trustworthiness and expertise. Both of these are easily faked for a short period of time but they become transparent if you are faking them - See more at:… Continue

Posted on May 29, 2016 at 8:30pm

When Opportunity Presents

What you give others as a mentor, a public servant and as a friend costs you NOTHING. So why are we so reluctant to give freely? This is a major problem that we are facing in today's fire service. We are not paying it forward. The results of that is catastrophic to our future. In order to influence people "You must take your turn" as a mentor, coach, leader, an officer.

Developing the next generation of leaders is critical for tomorrow's fire service. We are at the time period that… Continue

Posted on April 17, 2016 at 7:54am

Is Your Relationship with the Organization Status Quo?

As I reflect back over the years in my career there is one lesson I remember that resinates from my mentors, "If you put the organization first, then your wants and ambitions will soon follow. But it is always about the orgainization first, your suborindates second and you are last." Well I have to often think just how previlant is this peoples minds? Especially since we constantly hear, "what is in it for me" comments.

It is important to understand that as a fire officer you are a… Continue

Posted on April 14, 2016 at 9:00am

Developing the next Generation of Fire Service Leaders

Professional development is the planned, progressive, and lifelong process of education, training, self-development and experience that one gains during their development. In the fire service, professional development is a critical element of being a leader and being a professional. When we step up to accep the responsibility of leadership, we also accept an obligation to continuing our training, education, learning, personal experience and growth as we work to improve our… Continue

Posted on April 12, 2016 at 7:39am

Comment Wall (5 comments)

You need to be a member of Fire Engineering Training Community to add comments!

Join Fire Engineering Training Community

At 4:32pm on September 9, 2008, Tim Zehnder said…
Hi Doug how are ya! Good to chat with you at FDIC hope things are going well See ya in Indy
At 4:11pm on August 29, 2008, John Bierling said…
Hello Chief, We are spending a lot of time discussing the importance of Firefighter fitness. I would like to send you some information on FF health & wellness. Would you please send your email address. Thanks, John
Also, please look at my web site:
At 11:34pm on May 25, 2008, David Ebel said…

Please allow me to invite you to a site designed by responders for responders... the crew that is doing it is CISM multilevel trained and are there for the guys after the bad calls. It helps the responders that do not yet have a team or would be worried that they asking for help would be seen as weakness. Please join and share it when you can. As a chaplain with over 25 years of service to fire departments I am excited with it's potential to provide support.

Visit Emergency and Disaster Responders
At 10:18pm on May 10, 2008, David Sasser said…
You look good on fire news! I had no idea Todd Wright's chest stuck out further than yours though!
At 6:33am on March 17, 2008, Todd McKee said…
Hi chief! Thanks for Joining, I would any input on my HazMat Forum. is my web page pas some news on or training

Policy Page


The login above DOES NOT provide access to Fire Engineering magazine archives. Please go here for our archives.


Our contributors' posts are not vetted by the Fire Engineering technical board, and reflect the views and opinions of the individual authors. Anyone is welcome to participate.

For vetted content, please go to

We are excited to have you participate in our discussions and interactive forums. Before you begin posting, please take a moment to read our community policy page.  

Be Alert for Spam
We actively monitor the community for spam, however some does slip through. Please use common sense and caution when clicking links. If you suspect you've been hit by spam, e-mail

FE Podcasts

Check out the most recent episode and schedule of

© 2024   Created by fireeng.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service