Leadership Under Fire
Leadership Under Fire
Jerry Smith, Andrew Whitehead, Tim Anderson, Brandon Hiller
This unique lecture program brings together four of our nation’s best for a full day look at how to improve your mindset and capabilities on our fire service battle ground. This is a full day program where students will get to experience each of these interesting lectures.
Improving Firefighter Safety and Survival (Whitehead)
The fire service has made strides in reducing injury and death rates among firefighters. What
measures can be implemented next to further decrease the rates? Andrew Whitehead will
discuss key practices being advanced by Leadership Under Fire that can make further progress
The Fire-ground Search Mind-Set (Anderson & Smith)
This class will focus on the development of a disciplined and aggressive mindset regarding
primary search operations on the fire-ground at both the company and firefighter level.
Mental and tactical aspects will be examined including uncertainty, sweating the small stuff,
complacency, tempo and brilliance in the basics. Finally, the presenters will share hard lessons
learned from personal successes and failures in search operations.
Maneuver Warfare and the Fire-ground (Hiller)
In battle and the fire-ground, history has often relied on an attrition warfare strategy, pitting
strength against strength. In order to succeed when undermanned, and "outgunned," the
maneuver warfare philosophy pits strengths against weakness. Focusing on six main elements
of maneuver warfare and how they can be applied to daily operations and fire-ground strategy
and tactics, this session will help you gain relative advantage when faced with unfavorable
Making Time to Save Time: Tactics to Effect Positive Tempo (Smith & Whitehead)
This class will provide an overview of time and tempo and how they specifically relate to the fire
service and its operations. The importance of time management and timing, in general, on the
fire ground and how an understanding of positive tempo will lead to success in tactical decision
making will be discussed. Concepts such as Brilliance in the Basics, Traveling Light and
Traveling Right, and Sweating the Small Stuff will be highlighted throughout the discussion.
Finally, specific examples of engine and truck operations which will help firefighters save time,
leading to positive outcomes on the fire ground, will be presented.