Educated Hose-Humper Talks

Contact Paul Hasenmeier at 419-656-5884 to host one of these powerful conversations for your organization, conference, college, or local training event.

For Here Or To Go – Its Your Command

DSCN3150Although NIMS is a requirement and the ICS is a well-recognized organizational format for the fire service, communications is a fault commonly noted after incidents with good or bad endings.  Through an analysis of a noteworthy worldwide business, perspective will be gained on your command and whether to go or stay put.

There is great discussion amongst small combination and volunteer departments about who can assume command, when, and under what situations.  Through the presenter’s experience coupled with first-hand examples from other organizations, the attendees will build solutions for managing the incident scene.  Here are the main conversation points:

  • What experience and/or education is needed to be in command?
  • Is it appropriate to allow rookie firefighters to automatically be command based on riding position?
  • First due officers know the most about the incident – Can they handle strategic, tactical, and task level work at the same time?  For how long?
  • Is rescue a deciding factor no matter who is sitting in the officer seat of the next arriving apparatus?

Fear Of Education

photoOver the last five years or so, the fire service has begun to see a higher importance placed on collegiate education.  The premise behind this move is undoubtedly based on adding a more professional aspect to the field in addition to the already extremely technical based environment.  With all things considered one would expect this combination to be beneficial to a service rich in tradition often impeded by change.

Leaders with one year of experience 25 times can and should utilize the education of those contributing to the professional rising of the fire service.  It should not create a fear, yet an opportunity to advance the organization with combined experience and education.

Here are the probable fire service implications the conversation will build around to uncover gold solutions moving forward:

  • The creation of an environment littered with unfairness.
  • A decrease in motivation to pursue post-secondary education
  • Under utilizing the knowledge of the organizations members
  • Organizational leadership being questioned and/or not supported
  • Great minds seeking opportunity elsewhere

Evaluation Strategies: Making Leaders Out Of Our People

Evaluations of any kind are extremely difficult, even for the most seasoned mentor, instructor, or supervisor.  This presentation will provide attendees with the knowledge on how to evaluate objectively.  Attendees will be instructed on strategies and techniques that will help evaluate performance.  Recommended ways to improve performance and give every employee a chance at success will be discussed.  Most importantly, the evaluation process will be shown to be beneficial and not the stereotypical disciplinarian.

IMG_4902The process of evaluating probationary employees, seasoned veterans, and students are different in their own right.  Strategies and techniques learned in this presentation will apply to the many scenarios encountered.  Whether mentors need measurable progress to report to their supervisor about a new hire, instructors need performance measurement criteria to evaluate a student’s course completion, or supervisors want to correct small glitches in performance and reinforce positive efforts.  Through regular evaluation, positive developmental achievement can be reached in any organization.

The evaluation process is not meant to be a negative one.  During this presentation students will learn the methods used to evaluate, goals of the evaluation process, difficulties associated with evaluating, and what errors to prevent when evaluating.  Improving performance through objective evaluation is helpful to any employee trying to succeed.

Mentors, instructors, and supervisors must be proud of the people they are developing.  The next generation of business transactions, surgeries, and building construction will be handled by the exemplary professional performance of those we evaluate, coach, and counsel.