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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.

Managing Community Risk Reduction in the Fire Service

By Dr. Randall Hanifen

One of the movements in the fire service over the past two decades is the movement towards community risk reduction as opposed to fire prevention. Learn more about how this change in philosophy lowers the overall risk to the community while helping to save lives and improve the local economy.

Fire Service Education: The Past, Present and Future

By Dr. Randall Hanifen

About 40 years ago, educational degrees related to the fire service were nonexistent. While much progress has been made, continuing education must become the norm. Here are some ideas about how to standardize company officer requirements, improve reciprocity qualifications, and enhance training and educational standards across the country.

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.