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Linda Willing

Leading the Team

Linda Willing is a retired career fire officer and currently works with emergency services agencies and other organizations on issues of leadership development, decision-making and diversity management. She was an adjunct instructor and curriculum advisor with the National Fire Academy for over 20 years. Willing is the author of On the Line: Women Firefighters Tell Their Stories and was cofounder of Women in the Fire Service. Willing has a bachelor’s degree in American studies, a master’s degree in organization development and is a certified mediator. She is a member of the FireRescue1/Fire Chief Editorial Advisory Board. Connect with Willing via email.

How officers mitigate these stressors for the benefit of themselves, their crew and the department as a whole
A lack of trust between firefighters isn’t just a concern on scene; it can also negatively affect day-to-day operations and disrupt harmony among members
There is no substitute for high-context communications and training that occurs between two people, engaging privately, face-to-face
We must slow down during the transition from ‘automatic’ to ‘effortful’ in our responses
If we use language that excludes others, that is a choice – and there is a message in that, whether it is intended or not
After an ultimatum from his wife, former Firefighter-Paramedic Jordan Long realized the toll his career was taking – and took steps to help others thrive
When the crew starts to get a little crazy, it’s the company officer’s job to shut it down and redirect that energy
A new study ranks fire supervision as a prime option, so how do we make this connection for the younger members of our communities?
Should past troubles disqualify fire service leaders from holding the top spot, and are some troubles too serious to uphold the public’s trust?
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