Leadership
Written by Les Karpluk and Lyle Quan
Peter Parker said, “With great power comes great responsibility. Yes, folks, great power does indeed come with great responsibility and this must be etched in the minds of up-and-coming leaders.
Written by Lyle Quan
Since my last column on building high-performing teams, I have not only been invited to talk on this topic at several conferences, I have also been doing quite a bit of research about teamwork and the role leaders play in developing their groups to their potential.
Written by Tom Bremner
Does everything we in the fire service do and say hit the streets? It sure seems that way. Is there such a thing as a secret, or confidentiality?
Written by Les Karpluk and Lyle Quan
Conversations about leadership often revolve around senior fire department staff and how they encourage colleagues to become part of strong teams or part of the team working on a department project.
Written by Les Karpluk and Lyle Quan
In a well-known movie that is based on a comic book, which is based on Greek mythology, Morpheus offers a blue pill and a red pill to the movie’s main character, Neo.
Written by Les Karpluk and Lyle Quan
First and foremost, we want to acknowledge that the fire service is an important part of any community.
Written by Lyle Quan
I was invited to speak at the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs conference in Toronto in May about how to develop a cohesive and high-performing team.
Written by Tom Bremner
Who can really make a difference?
Written by Les Karpluk and Lyle Quan
To continue with our theme of surviving the chaos in today’s fire service, let’s discuss how other leaders have dealt with and survived chaotic times.
Written by Lyle Quan
Over the years, I have recommended numerous books on topics ranging from leadership, to risk management to embracing uncertainty.
Written by Les Karpluk and Lyle Quan
Our columns for 2012 will focus on how to survive the chaos in today’s fire service. We define chaos as unpredictability in the behaviour of a complex profession that can lead to confusion among employees.
Written by Lyle Quan
I have had the pleasure of speaking to fire and safety organizations on the topics of leadership, change management and risk management.
Written by Laura King
Fire Fighting in Canada has been following the court proceedings against the Meaford & District Fire Department and the municipality of Meaford, Ont.,
Written by Les Karpluk, Lyle Quan
The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs conference in Calgary in September was more than just a learning experience; it was also an opportunity to network with our peers to see how things are going in their departments.
Written by Kirk Hughes
Fire is a living, breathing thing – something that grows, devours and eventually dies. A fire department isn’t much different. Whether career, composite or volunteer, a department navigates different growing phases, hiring cycles and changes.
Written by Laura King
In your 44 years in the fire service, what was the most significant change you experienced that affects the way firefighters do their jobs?
Written by Les Karpluk, Lyle Quan
Many of our columns have attempted to offer sage advice on topics such as building partnerships, creating a positive culture within your organization and leading by example.
Written by Lyle Quan
While getting ready for my new position with Waterloo Fire Rescue in Ontario, I received a timely bit of advice from a friend who recommended that I read a couple of books to help with my transition.
Written by Fire Fighting in Canada
Fire Fighting in Canada editor Laura King interviewed Fire Chief Brian Hicks, manager of Safety and Airside Operations at the Gander International Airport Authority, during the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services conference in June. Read Chief Hicks' views on the status of airport security in the September 2011 issue of Fire Fighting in Canada.
Written by Fire Fighting in Canada
Fire Fighting in Canada sat down in April with FDNY Battalion Chief John Salka, who explained his role on 9-11 and shared some of his opinions and stories from that day. Read Chief Salka's views on the status of the FDNY in the September 2011 issue of Fire Fighting in Canada.

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