D.C. Fire

Dennis Rubin
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D.C. Fire

By Chief Dennis Rubin

Chief Dennis Rubin, a 40-year fire service veteran and author of Rube's Rules for Survival, offers his newest leadership text based on his tenure as chief of Washington, D.C. Fire & EMS. This fast-paced collection of behind-the-scenes stories and case studies provides the reader with insight on how leadership techniques can be applied for better or worse in a real-world setting where a new chief has to hit the ground running. Case studies also include discussion questions to stimulate additional perspectives on effective leadership methods and the pitfalls that can occur for those who hold the greatest responsibility. Whether you belong to a major metropolitan department or a smaller volunteer organization, Rubin's stories will provide a fascinating look at the dilemmas of fire service leadership today.

"In addition to its uniqueness of a chief's experiences in the nation's capital, this book brings insight into the complexities of how an organization must be led in order to affect change."
—David Wall, Director, Georgia Public Safety Training Center, State Fire Training


  • Introduction
  • The odyssey begins: My selection process
  • First day at the grim
  • What'šs the address?
  • It's not your father's fire department
  • Sex in the city
  • Big fires
  • Big water
  • The whistle blowers club
  • The twisted deposition
  • Amazing times at D.C.
  • The day the metro crashed
  • Three attempted murders and one suicide
  • The inauguration of the 44th president of the United States
  • The next day
  • Epilogue
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