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Dr. Denise Smith: Saving Firefighters Lives Through Research

Sudden cardiac events are the leading cause of firefighter line-of-duty deaths, but it also leads to early retirements and non-fatal events on the fireground or during operations. Dr. Smith’s works to detect cardiovascular disease and managing the risk factors we can decrease the burden of...


Chief Ronald Jon Siarnicki: A Life Helping Others

Chief Ronald Jon Siarnicki talks about the work of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the commitment of the organization to honoring America’s fallen firefighters, assist their families, and prevent firefighter deaths and injuries. He also talks about leaving the fire service, or...


Fire Chief Russ Sanders: Fire Prevention is the Key

Fire Chief Russ Sanders talks about his early career in the fire service and the leadership of Captain John Ridge. He learned about the importance of command presence the role in a company officer in shaping the fire company and the department. He also talks about the importance of fire prevention...


Chief Rich Marinucci: Respect

Chief Rich Marinucci talks about how he started in the volunteer fire service, eventually becoming a career firefighter, and later a fire chief. He always focused on training and being a life-long student of the fire service to be proficient in what you’re doing. Rich talks about the changes in the...


Dr. Dan Madrzykowski: Supporting the American Fire Service

Dr. Dan Madrzykowski has used his training in fire protection engineering and experience in research engineering for over 30 years to help keep firefighters safe and effective. Since 1999, departments and other fire service organizations have embraced how research can benefit firefighters, keep...


Chief Steve Hirsch: It’s All About Compassion

Chief Hirsch recalls an incident that stuck with him, where the victim not only required immediate medical attention, but he also asked for his prayers. Our care and compassion also helps victims and families on what may be the worst day of their lives.


Dr. Gavin Horn: Supporting the Fire Service Through Research

Dr. Gavin Horn is a research engineer for UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute, Senior Research Scientist for the Illinois Fire Service Institute Research Institute, and an alumnus of the Savoy Fire Department. He grew up around the fire service community and later became a part of it. After...


About the Series

Inspiration for the Next Generation of Fire Service Leadership

The Legacies in Leadership video series captures thoughts from fire service leaders with advice for the next generation of leaders. Viewers will hear how the nation's fire service legacies started their careers, learn about the impact of notable emergency incidents, and perspectives on how the fire service has changed and what the future holds.

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