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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.

Should Stricter Standards Be in Place for Disaster Funds?

By Dr. Randall Hanifen

With disaster recovery spending skyrocketing in recent years, should people be required to pass a test in order to qualify for federal response and recovery funds? What's clear is emergency management agencies need new ways to combat repeated losses.

What the U.S. Can Learn from Other Countries About Responding to Terrorist Events

By Dr. Randall Hanifen

Firefighters respond to a range of modern incidents including terrorist attacks. Even if it doesn't follow the same route, what can the U.S. fire service learn from other countries that have nationalized their emergency services?

Responding to the Growing Number of Hate Crimes

By Dr. Randall Hanifen

With numerous recent hate crimes causing multiple deaths and injuries, first responders must be prepared to act. Incident response planning now mitigates chaos in the event of a future hate-related attack.

Fire Stations Should Match the Needs of the Community

By Dr. Randall Hanifen

In the economic resurgence, decisions on where to place or relocate fire stations should not be taken lightly. To best serve communities, both budget and personnel requirements must also be considered.

Emergency Services: How Much Equipment Is Enough?

By Randall Hanifen

How much protection does a community require? Between budgets and proper planning, learn more about how public safety leadership can strike an efficient and practical balance of resources.