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Side Alpha Leadership

This podcast will explore all aspects leadership in the fire service. I want to find out what makes a good leader. What attributes do good leaders possess. In my quest I will interview leaders in different occupations.

May 10, 2023

This month I talk with Steve Hamilton. Steve explains the complex incidents the police face and how the fire department fits in to help. There are many hurdles to overcome:

  • building trust
  • building relations
  • training together
  • knowing each others limitations
  • having each others backs

There is a role for the fire...

Apr 16, 2023

This month I go solo with no guest. I took the time to answer some questions from listeners from social media. I touch several subjects 

  • Promotion exams
  • Dealing with difficult people
  • Recognize your shortcomings 
  • What made me decide to be a chief
  • My advice to the new firefighter
  • How do we make training friendly to...

Mar 6, 2023

This month I speak with Stephanie White. Stephanie is an 18 year veteran career firefighter in the Washington Metro area. She hosts a podcast on Fire Engineering called "5 after Midnight" Stephanie and I talk about EEO in the fire service and how it falls short in the fire service. Although we follow the laws there are...

Feb 1, 2023

This month I speak with Jessica Shafer. Jessica talks about her time as a young Coast Guardsmen to being the first female commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment. She navigated many hurdles to become a respected officer in the Coast Guard. Her thought about leadership, self-reflection and desire...

Jan 7, 2023

I welcome back Dr. (Capt.) Shelly Wheeler We talk about risk management, how we approach it on the fire ground and how the business world deals with it. Our fire service has evolved over the years, but the dangers are still there. We have become a smarter service and we still do the job, accept the risk, but now we...