Sunday, November 15, 2015

Daniel L. Andrus, Fire Chief for the City of Concord, New Hampshire

Are you a leader? How much do you trust your subordinates? Enough to let them strap you to a litter and let them lower you on a rope over the side of a 30 story sky scraper? Daniel Andrus, the Fire Chief for the City of Concord, New Hampshire, let his subordinates do exactly that. In today’s podcast, Dan tells the story of his 37 year career as a firefighter. Dan has a long list of credentials including master’s degrees in public administration and economics. He is, as he puts it, a continual learner. In addition to his role as fire chief, he serves on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations. This was one of the most educational podcasts for me that I have done so far because I knew very little about the organization and operations of the fire service. The fire service is a critical community resource that every health care executive should have an understanding of, so I was very pleased Dan took the time to share his story and I hope it is useful to health care executives as they think about emergency preparedness.

Links to the Podcast:

Podcast Outline

Time Topic
0:01:46 a family tradition of firefighting, early career with Salt Lake City Fire Department
0:07:55 formal education
0:11:57 firefighter/paramedic
0:15:47 early leadership - promoted to fire lieutenant
0:19:05 public information officer to Fire Chief for Salt Lake City
0:24:28 becoming a manager - fire captain
0:29:02 Battalion Chief, Emergency Management and Technical Services Division, Salt Lake City
0:33:47 Fire Marshal, Salt Lake City - 2002 Winter Olympics
0:38:16 Battalion Chief, Operations Bureau, Salt Lake City
0:40:47 Deputy Fire Chief, Administrative Bureau (including Airport Bureau and EMS)
                   Board of Community Health Center
                   pursuing an MPA, MS Econ
0:53:28 Coming to Concord
0:56:59 the job of Fire Chief, Concord Fire Department
1:05:14 interfacing with the direct health care and public health systems
1:07:33 involvement in community organizations - knowing your customers
1:12:41 innovative health care delivery with EMS assets - Mobile Integrative Health Care
1:15:14 organizational culture
1:17:45 role of women and minorities in firefighting
1:20:27 why do people join and why do people stay?
1:22:44 leadership
1:28:40 advice about pursuing a career in firefighting and EMS

Links to Topics Discussed:

Fire Department, Concord, NH

Fire Department, Salt Lake City, UT

New Hampshire Fire Academy

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