Five Best Leadership Books For The Fire Service

#1 Step Up and Lead: Frank Viscuso

In his new book Step Up and Lead, Frank Viscuso–author, speaker, and career deputy chief–shares the secrets of effective fire service leadership, introduces the traits and skills essential for successful fire service leaders, and discusses the importance of customer service. Designed to help you reach the top of your profession, this new book is considered must-read material for anyone who is ready to step up and lead!

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#2 Pride & Ownership: A Firefighter's Love of the Job

Pride and Ownership holds no punches. Chief Rick Lasky takes a hard look at the fire service and finds it short on the only element that makes it effective: passion. Chief Lasky gives an upfront and honest criticism about the need to reignite the love o fthe job on every level, from chiefs on down. Key Features: History and traditions of the fire service with overviews of some of th most important fire service leaders, Detailed explanations of ceremonies for all ocasions from a firefighter’s initiation to retirement, Over 150 photos displaying the rites and ceremonies, Helpful appendices full of sample documents for fire company use.

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#3 Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

The #1 New York Times bestseller

“An incredible book… you teach guys and gals about leadership and you’ve helped not only military guys but families.” – Megyn Kelly

“You show in the book how to motivate… thanks for writing the book Extreme Ownership.” Bill O’Reilly

“[Jocko] is the co-author of an incredible new book – which I’ve been loving. Trust me. Buy it.” – Tim Ferriss

“This is a life-learning lesson for everyone… the book is awesome.” – Sean Hannity

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#4 First In, Last Out: Leadership Lessons from the New York Fire Department

What does it take to lead people into a burning building? How do the leaders of the New York City Fire Department develop so much loyalty, trust, and grace under pressure that their subordinates will risk their very lives for them?

As a high-ranking officer of the FDNY, John Salka is an expert at both practicing and teaching high-stakes leadership. In First In, Last Out, he explains the department’s unique strategies and how they can be adopted by leaders in any field.Learn More!

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#5 In Honor of The Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy

Monday, June 18, 2007. Nine firefighters lost. Many grieving families. An organization spiraling into crisis. Significant reasons for change. The Sofa Super Store Fire, one of the nation’s deadliest incidents for firefighters since 9/11, marked the beginning of change. Change for people and the global landscape of emergency services. But how, specifically, did an emergency services organization in South Carolina learn at the individual, team, and organizational levels following this tragedy, and consequently, institute the needed changes for organizational development? After more than three years of in-depth research, Dr. David Griffin, the engineer on the first due engine of the Sofa Super Store Fire, studies how organizational processes and employee behaviors changed following this multiple line of duty death incident. The study centered on firefighters who officially responded on June 18, 2007 to the deadly Sofa Super Store Fire in Charleston, SC. This is a scientific research study, not a story. Change did come. Find out how the concept of organizational learning led to the changes, and how you can institute this powerful concept in your organization. This study will save lives. A portion of all proceeds will benefit The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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