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Leadership Lessons for Formal and Informal Fire Service Leaders

by Dr. Kimberly Alyn (2012)

Dr. Alyn conducted the largest known study in the fire service on leadership and organizational commitment. Her book provides readers with a variety of valuable leadership lessons. Topics include: Creating a Values-Driven Culture, Defining Leadership, Transformational Leadership, Reigniting Responsibility, Facilitating Accountability, The Power of the Company Officer, and The Power of Empowerment, The Power of Humility, Succession Planning, Success, The Change Resistance Myth, Dealing with Distrust in Your Department, Creating Consistency, and Becoming an Exceptional Leader.

ISBN: 978-0-615-66692-1

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Leadership Essentials for Emergency Medical Services

by John Brophy (2010)

Leadership is essential to the future of Emergency Medical Services and the success of our society. From seasoned managers who seek to perfect their leadership skills to new providers who are preparing to rise up through the ranks, Leadership Essentials for Emergency Medical Services provides EMS professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to become true leaders. Part of the EMS Continuing Education series, the text is also ideal for use as a professional reference.

ISBN: 13:978-0-7637-5875-2

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From Buddy to Boss: Effective Fire Service Leadership

by Chase Sargent (2nd Edition 2018)

Fire service veteran Chase Sargent has taken his popular leadership training course and written a no-holds-barred leadership book for the fire service in a conversational and easy-to-read style. He tells you how to accept and survive politics, deal with the fringe employees, and keep your cool — tricks of the trade that usually take years to acquire.

[ISBN 1593703899]

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First In, Last Out: Leadership Lessons from the New York Fire Department

by John Salka (2004)

What does it take to lead people into a burning building? How do the leaders of the New York City Fire Department develop so much loyalty, trust, and grace under pressure that their subordinates will risk their very lives for them? As a high-ranking officer of the FDNY, John Salka is an expert at both practicing and teaching high-stakes leadership. In First In, Last Out, he explains the department’s unique strategies and how they can be adopted by leaders in any field—as he has taught them to organizations around the country.

ISBN 1-59184-025-2

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It’s Always About Leadership

By: Dennis L. Rubin (2016)

One of the most demanding and stressful management jobs in existence, fire rescue leadership requires a set of clear and distinct skills. Given today’s work environment, everyone from the chief down to the newest recruit should be strong, courageous leaders. Every aspect of a successful operation relies on capable leadership at all levels.

It’s Always about Leadership is written by an active firefighter for his fellow fire-rescue service members. Author Dennis L. Rubin discusses his 13 rules for leadership, which he has developed over a 35-year career in fire service. Alongside these rules, the author has curated case studies and created critical learning points, self-improvement plans, and discussion questions for learning reinforcement and to assist real-world applications.

[ISBN- 978-1593704216]

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Fully Involved Leadership

By: Gary Ludwig (2014)

One of the fire service’s most well-known and respected leaders reveals principles and events that have shaped his and other chief’s careers and leadership values that no “cookie-cutter” leadership or management book can provide. The real-world experiences and lessons that are vividly detailed in the book provide a roadmap for any aspiring firefighter wishing to be promoted, a company or chief officer looking to go to the next level, or a fire chief who wishes to further develop their leadership skills. Fully Involved Leadership, written by Chief Gary Ludwig addresses the tenets of leading firefighters at all ranks and levels, and provides a blueprint for not only motivating firefighters but inspiring them; not showing them how much you know, but how much you care; that leadership is not a position or title – it is an action and examples; reminding you that rank does not equate to leadership, the inverted table of organization, and much more! Fully Involved Leadership is filled with powerful leadership topics and at its core addresses the values of trust; the two key qualities needed to be a fire service leader – character and competence; how to keep your emotions in check by using I before E – intelligence before emotions; how to keep from making a wrong decision; why it is important to show honor to your firefighters, plus a whole lot more! Chief Ludwig offers warm and engaging stories of not only his experiences but other chief officers and how they learned from their mistakes when it comes to leadership. Chief Ludwig provides insights and hard lessons learned that makes you reflect upon the question, “Who would you follow if your life depended upon it?

[ISBN- 978-1593704216]