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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.

Mar 5, 2021

I had a great talk with Frank Ricci. I continue to talking about communication. Being able to talk and listen are core skills you must possess to be a successful leader.  

Being able to make decisions is key when operating on the fireground. Decision making starts when you are a new firefighter and you continue to hone...


Feb 5, 2021

If you read any NIOSH report you will find that a lack of communications was a factor in most firefighters injuries or death. In business poor communications can cost money and people their jobs. Being a skilled communicator is an art. You have to be a good talker, but more importantly you have to be a good listener....


Jan 9, 2021

My guest Clay Anderson talks about being a servant leader and having a good dose of humility. Clay is active in the Navy and working on his Masters Degree in Leadership. He gives his views on servant leadership and humility. A servant leader displays the following characteristics:

  • Empowerment
  • Standing...


Dec 1, 2020

This month I have a great conversation with Robert James (RJ) about training getting buy in from your shift and passing on what you have learned and motivating you people.  RJ is a career firefighter in the DC Metro area and the President and founder of Capitol Fire Training LLS. RJ has dedicated his fire service...


Nov 1, 2020

I am joined once again with my good friend Sam Villani. Sam and I talk about how to encourage your people.  Leaders say "I take care of my people" but do they walk the walk  or just talk the talk.

Taking care of them when they are down, boosting their confidence and letting them take the lead. 

As a leader it is...