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Side Alpha Leadership

The Side Alpha Leadership Podcast explores leadership in all fields of work. Guests talk about leading people and making a positive mark in their hearts and minds, while creating a cohesive team to accomplish the desired goals of an organization 

Feb 1, 2024

In this episode I talk with Battalion Chief Rafael Gibson. Chief Gibson is  assigned to the Training Academy in Montgomery County Maryland.

As chiefs we demand our people to train every day and be the best. Your people expect you to be equally trained to be the best.

Chief Gibson discusses the new line officers training...


Jan 1, 2024

In this episode I sit down with my dad Mike Kerr. We discuss the fire service back in the day and how it has changed. My dad tells his story about his love of the fire service as a kid and how he got started as a volunteer in Prince Georges County in Greenbelt, to becoming a career firefighter with the DCFD as a...


Dec 1, 2023

This month I had the pleasure to speak to Asst. Chief Siddiq. We discussed a lot of topics.

Change in the fire service is hard and you will be met with resistance if you try to go big right away. The key is to start small, get buy from those closest to you. Be honest with your reason for change.

Making decisions will...


Nov 1, 2023

This month I have Stephnie White back on the show. We discuss the new firefighters coming into the service. Are they too soft or are we projecting our rookie time onto them and is that fair?

We discussed station members' expectations of seinor staff and vice versa. 

if station members run for cover when the chiefs come...


Oct 11, 2023

This month I welcome back Dr. Shelly Wheeler. Shelly is a Captain assigned to the training academy in Montgomery County Maryland. Shelly and I talk about how to make morale good in the fire service, foster a culture where firefighter make decision and prepare them for the next step in their careers. Start the officer...