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Randall Hanifen

Dr. Hanifen serves as a shift commander at a medium-sized suburban fire department in the northern part of the Cincinnati area. Randall is the CEO/principal consultant of an emergency services consulting firm, providing analysis and solutions related to organizational structuring of fire and EMS organizations. He is the chairperson and operations manager for a county technical rescue team. from a state and national perspective, he serves as a taskforce leader for one of FEMA's urban search and rescue teams, which responds to presidential declared disasters. From an academic standpoint, Randall has a bachelor’s degree in fire administration, a master’s degree in executive fire service leadership, and a doctoral degree in business administration with a specialization in homeland security. He is the associate author of “Disaster Planning and Control” (Penwell, 2009), which provides first responders with guidance through all types of disasters.

Responder Fatigue: Coping with 2020’s Stressful Events

By Dr. Randall Hanifen

First responders are under intense stress stemming from COVID-19 response, job insecurity, civil unrest, and the upcoming hurricane season. Learn more about first responder fatigue and how to manage it.

The Need for Fire Service Education and Associations

Dr. Randall Hanifen

The higher you ascend in the fire service, the less hands-on training you will utilize and the more you will rely upon business education that is centered around the fire service. One of the best ways to get this training is by joining professional associations.

Can Emergency Management Utilize Remote Employees?

By Dr. Randall Hanifen

The coronavirus pandemic has caused many changes to emergency management and services, including opportunities for some employees to work remotely. Learn more about the benefits of hiring remote employees.

Leadership during COVID-19: Building an Incident Action Plan

By Dr. Randall Hanifen

During the coronavirus pandemic, it's critical that fire service leaders build out an Incident Action Plan (IAP) that can be quickly updated with new procedures. Learn more about components of an IAP including a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) that ensures key positions remain filled.

How Far Ahead in Your Fire Service Career Are You Planning?

By Dr. Randall Hanifen

Becoming a fire officer requires a combination of education and experience. How far ahead should firefighters plan for an executive fire service position?

The Qualities of an Outstanding First Responder Candidate

By Dr. Randall Hanifen

It's critical to hire first responders who fit well into the culture of an organization. Learn more about what qualities to look for during the hiring process including their values, ability to work as a team, and commitment to the organization.

Hiring for Character and Competency in the Fire Service

By Dr. Randall Hanifen

Fire service leaders must ensure firefighters are sufficiently talented with technical skills and abilities while also having strong values and a service-oriented mindset.