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  • 2014 EVIP 2.1 Regional Training - Riverside Fire Authority (10/25/2014 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
  • 2014 Washington State Community Paramedic Conference (11/3/2014 - 11/5/2014)
  • 2014 EVIP 2.1 Regional Training - The Fire Training Center (11/8/2014 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
  • 2014 WFAS Fall Workshop -Influence without Authority (11/19/2014 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)

Recent Fire Service News

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Seattle fire chief reflects ahead of retirement
10/21/2014 11:46:00 PM Washington News
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Lynnwood Fire Department takes a hit of almost $1 million in proposed 2015-16 budget
10/22/2014 12:47:12 PM Washington News
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Fire authority measure missing from some Prosser area ballots
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Texas Firefighters' Union to Sue to Block Pension Cuts
10/23/2014 2:00:00 AM National News
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Three people killed in crash with West Virginia fire truck
10/23/2014 2:00:00 AM National News
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Georgia firefighter fired while recovering from cancer possibly caused by job
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Recent WFC News

10 Oct 2014

Announcement and application process for the Pacific Northwest Type 1 and Type 2 Interagency Management Teams for 2015 Rotation

The Pacific Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team Geographic Board (GeoBoard) is soliciting applicants to fill the Pacific Northwest Interagency Incident Managements Teams (IMTs) including:

  • PNW Type 1 IMTs
  • Oregon Type 2 IMTs
  • Washington Type 2 IMTs

The applicants selected will fill the positions for the 2015 rotation...

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17 Sep 2014

Be Political without Being a Politician: 9 Tips for Planning and Mindset

Be Political without Being a Politician: 9 Tips for Planning and Mindset

If we were to ask fire and EMS chiefs to identify the five most important skills they must bring to the table in order to serve their communities most effectively, the ability to navigate political environments would surely be on that list.

Yet if asked to assess their level of expertise for each skill set, most would report that political acumen is the one they're least adept at or feel comfortable with.

During the panel discussion at the FRI 2014 general session, one of the panelists said about himself and all fire chiefs, "We're all politicians now."

Respectfully, we disagree that this must—or even should—be the case. In this series of articles, we'll provide four sets of proven suggestions and tips that will help you hone your ability to be political without being a politician.

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17 Sep 2014

How to Delegate Without Driving Everyone Crazy

One of the biggest shifts that most rising leaders have to make is the shift from being the go-to person to someone who builds teams of go-to people.  As you take on more and more scope in your leadership role, you can’t continue to operate as the go-to person who acts as if you’re personally responsible for everything that happens. You need to be accountable and own the results but you can’t expect yourself to do everything that leads to the results.

That, of course, means that you need to be really effective at delegation. Unfortunately, a lot of leaders aren’t that good at it.  Too often, they delegate something to a team member and it doesn’t get done well, or on time or at all.  One of the big reasons this happens is because too many leaders take a “one size fits all” approach to delegation. As I’ve written here before, effective delegation needs to be custom-fit to the people involved and the tasks that need to be accomplished.
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