In order for a team to be happy and productive we have to understand the motivation. The first of these is interesting work. We want to be happy doing what we love. Whether we are being compensated financially or rewarded as a part of our profession, we want to enjoy what it is we are tasked to d
Late last year, the Lexipol Fire team got into a discussion about the biggest challenges facing the fire service in 2019, and what kind of progress we could expect to make on them.
The conversation covered many challenges, but the one I want to focus on here is the issue of fir
Today’s fire service is made up of a multitude of leaders from different ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs, and generations. The majority of the generations span from “Generation-X” to “Millennials”. These brave men and women bring different lifestyles and experience to the table. Some however s
As a live fire training instructor, I get asked many times, which roles are nice to have, and which roles should be required as well as what training should these individuals have in their respective roles. Whether you are limited on staffing, training space, or time, it is important to understand w
As with most firefighters, it is in our DNA to aspire to have more impact. In the fire service that often translates into promoting within the ranks. Many are fortunate enough to promote and are successful as company officers. Others for whatever reason may choose not to or may never be successful i