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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.

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.

Why Volunteer Agencies Can’t Be Fast, Reliable, and Free

By Dr. Randall Hanifen

Volunteer firefighter and EMS agencies are struggling with a lack of volunteers and funds from the community. Find out how this impacts the speed and reliability of the services they provide.

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.