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Fire Service Leadership: Theories and Practices

As the fire service evolves and becomes an increasingly diverse and dynamic industry, the need for competent leadership also grows. Fire Service Leadership: Theories and Practices incorporates a wide array of classic and contemporary leadership theories used throughout all occupational environments and translates these management principles so that they can be readily implemented by both fire chiefs and officers. Whether you are a current or aspiring fire service leader, you can turn to Fire Service Leadership: Theories and Practices for the managerial knowledge you need to competently lead your department.

Chapter 1: What is Leadership?      
Chapter 2: Why We Need Leadership in the Fire Service 
Chapter 3: How to Prepare the Future Leaders of the Fire Service
Chapter 4: What Other Challenges Will Future Fire Service Leadership Have to Address?
Chapter 5: What the Experts Say about Leadership


Mitchell R. Waite, PhD

Dr. Mitchell Waite currently serves as the Fire Chief of the Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department (WI), and has over 29 years of service in the United States Armed Forces. He is currently a Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) in the United States Army Reserve. Dr. Waite received the designation Chief Officer from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, and is also Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic, Critical Care Transport Paramedic, and is a certified fire and EMS instructor teaching a wide variety of emergency services courses. He has earned a Ph.D. in Applied Management & Decision Sciences Specialization: Leadership & Organizational Change, an M.S. in Management & Organizational Behavior Specialization: Continuous Quality Improvement, and B.S. in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology.

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.

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