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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.

Motivating Firefighters to Maintain Physical Fitness

By Dr. Randall Hanifen

Cardiac-related events make up the highest percentage of on-duty deaths among firefighters, pointing to the need for better fitness and lifestyle choices. Find out how departments can encourage firefighters to make better choices.

Choosing the Right Performance Metrics for Fire Services

By Dr. Randall Hanifen

Performance metrics like response time and volunteer turnout can be important for fire departments seeking to improve their services. However, every department is different and must understand the needs of their communities when choosing what metrics to measure.

Why There Is a Leadership Vacuum in Many Fire Departments

By Dr. Randall Hanifen

Many qualified firefighters are passing up on leadership roles because of other obligations such as juggling a second job to support their family. Find out how fire departments can take steps to avoid this leadership vacuum.

Leadership and Budgeting Issues in Organizational Transition

By Dr. Randall Hanifen

As it becomes more and more difficult to find volunteer firefighters, many departments will need to make the transition to paid personnel. This is not an easy transition and there are many considerations to navigate.

Make Sure Your Incident Command Vehicle Meets Your Needs

By Dr. Randall Hanifen

Several types of vehicles including cars, SUVs, trucks, and vans are commonly used as command vehicles for battalion chiefs or shift captains. Read about the advantages and disadvantages of each type of vehicle.

A Tiered EMS System Improves Response and Patient Care

By Dr. Randall Hanifen

A tiered EMS system can ensure proper distribution of fire and EMS units, ensuring that there are enough of them in the right locations. Learn more about the benefits such a system brings to communities.

Why Volunteer Organizations Need More Data to Improve Funding

By Dr. Randall Hanifen

Data collection can seem trivial compared to other more immediate tasks in a firehouse such as training and vehicle maintenance. However, keeping track of expenses and other data is key to ensuring volunteer departments have adequate funding.