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A Leadership Guide for Combination Fire Departments

Author(s): International Association of Fire Chiefs
Fred C. Windisch
Fred C. Crosby
  • ISBN-13: 9780763733810
  • ISBN-10:0763733814
  • Hardcover    244 pages      © 2008
Price: $154.95 US List
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A must have for every combination fire department leader!


Leading a combination fire department is one of the greatest challenges one can face. To successfully lead this type of organization, fire chiefs and other leaders must recognize the unique difficulties inherent in combination systems, and overcome them by applying lessons learned from chiefs who have faced similar challenges. Authored by a team of seasoned fire service leaders, and modeled after the Chief Fire Officer's Desk Reference, A Leadership Guide for Combination Fire Departments is a compilation of best practices and lessons learned through experience. It is designed to provide chief- and officer-level personnel with the tools necessary to lead today’s combination service department.

Chapter  1  Why a Combination System
Chapter  2  The Search Begins
Chapter  3  Planning for Success
Chapter  4  The Importance of Mission
Chapter  5  The Role of Standards in a Combination System
Chapter  6  Training in a Combination System
Chapter  7  Public Administration and Budgeting
Chapter  8  Human Resource Management in Combination Systems
Chapter  9  Strategies and Tactics for Success
Chapter  10  Strategic Management of Change
Chapter  11  Improving Your Insurance Services Office Public Protection Classification
Chapter  12  Leadership
Chapter  13  The Value of Membership
Appendix  A  The Blue Ribbon Report
Appendix  B  The Red Ribbon Report
Appendix  C  The White Ribbon Report
Appendix  D  Costs Comparisons
Appendix  E  Sample Proposed Budget
Appendix  F  Best Practices Models

International Association of Fire Chiefs

Established in 1873, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) is a powerful, professional membership organization of more than 12,600 chief fire and emergency officers. The mission of the IAFC is to provide leadership to career and volunteer chiefs, chief fire officers, and managers of emergency service organizations throughout the international community through vision, information, education, services, and representation to enhance their professionalism and capabilities. Members of the IAFC are the world’s leading experts in fire fighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation.

Fred C. Windisch

Fred Windisch serves as Fire Chief for the Ponderosa Volunteer Fire Department in Houston, Texas. Chief Windisch is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) program and is a Chief Fire Officer Designate. He is an Emergency Medical Technician and holds various fire fighter and instructor certifications.

Fred C. Crosby

Chief Fred Crosby is a 30 year emergency services veteran that began his service as a volunteer EMS provider in 1976. Chief Crosby began his professional affiliation with emergency services as a firefighter for the Chesterfield County (VA) Fire Department in 1979. He served in almost every rank in his career until rising to Department Head in local government in 1989. Chief Crosby currently serves as the Chief of Hanover County (VA) Fire and EMS Department.