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From Buddy to Boss: Effective Fire Service Leadership

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Whether you're a new officer or in need of a mentor, From Buddy to Boss: Effective Fire Service Leadership, is a must-have management book you'll turn to over and over again. Fire service veteran Chase Sargent has taken his popular course and written a no-holds-barred leadership book for the fire service in a conversational and easy-to-read style. He tells you how to accept and survive politics, deal with the fringe employees, and keep your cool -- tricks of the trade that usually take years to acquire.



In this book you'll learn:



* Your credibility is a valuable currency that takes time to build up. What you do, not what you say, is the ultimate test of your credibility, reinforcing your expectations.



* That leadership requires individuals and organizations to create an environment where people and their ideas can thrive,



* How to use stories to impress upon our new members the necessity of doing certain things.



* That the quickest ways to lose trust are to inconsistently apply and enforce rules and to allow your personal feelings to dictate what you will and won't enforce.



* Why leading by example and from the front -- doing, not saying -- is critical to your success.



Reading From Buddy to Boss is like turning to a trusted friend for wisdom and advice you can count on to improve your job performance. Use this book to master your leadership as well as your management skills and successfully make the transition to boss.

About the Author

Chase Sargent is a decorated fire officer who spent more than 26 years with the City of Virginia Beach Fire and Rescue Department as a Firefighter/Paramedic, Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief, and recently retired as a Division Chief in command of B-shift. He obtained his BS degree in Forestry and Wildlife, with a major in Fisheries Biology from Virginia Tech and his MPA from Golden Gate University. He completed the Executive Fire Officer program and is an NFA instructor. Chase is a member of VATF-2 and the Operations Chief for FEMA'’s Urban Search and Rescue White Incident Support Team. Chase was the night operations officer at both the Oklahoma City bombing and the World Trade Center collapse. He is the president of Spec Rescue International, a training and consulting company in Virginia Beach. Chase has been the Chief Tactical Paramedic for the Norfolk division of the FBI since 1995 and is both COTOMS and OEMS qualified. Currently, he works as an independent contractor to the U.S. Government (DOS/DSS) and volunteers as a firefighter in Virginia Beach and as a paramedic for the Courthouse Volunteer Rescue Squad.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Fire Engineering Books & Videos (December 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159370075X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593700751
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While I'm sure the author is a great leader, he should not have written a book or at least had someone do it for him. I agree with him 100% but this book is very repetitive and goes in the same circle over and over. I had to get this for a promotion exam in the fire dept. and feel that it could be a good book if it were cut in half ,but 400 pages of the same point reworded takes a toll on the human mind. He should have put trust in the reader that his message was received the third time around before reaching ch 4. This book has good points, but needs to be put in a logical and applicable order. On the next edition , please proof read as I'm sure there will be a 2nd edition , which inevitably is what these writers do to keep making money off of those that have to purchase these books.
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By Dane Carley on January 24, 2009
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The book is more a compilation of other author's ideas. Like every other book or class, there is something to take away from reading it but my overall impression of the book was that it was just average. Some of that opinion is influenced by the author's poor writing skills and the inferior book construction typical of PennWell publishing. If a coworker aspiring to become an officer or just promoted asked about the book, I would begrudgingly recommend it because I believe it is important to see and hear several ideas and theories and then determine what is right and what will work through critical thinking skills.
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If you are already a company level fire officer, or are about to become one, this is a must-have book for you. The author writes about his experiences in a realistic and readable guide to success as a leader and fire fighter.
No smoke and mirrors here, just the stuff you need to do a good job and still work well with your crews and survive in the firehouse.
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This book covers the basics of leadership as well as giving very good advice on how to integrate the advice into everyday situations. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for leadership skills, not just firefighters. Chase Sargent gives good down home advice which will help you in your future endeavors to promote your self as a true leader. This book is the one I would take if I could only have one book on leadership.
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While this is not the absolute worst book on leadership I have read, it is definitely in the top 5 worst. Like many others, this is required reading for a promotional exam; therefore I will probably end up reading this book 5 times in 3 months. I imagine no book can withstand that amount of scrutiny, but this one is exceptionally bad.

The spelling and grammatical errors make a cursory reading of this book difficult; those errors should have been caught by a junior editor or by any untrained person reading the book to check for errors. They are horrific and distract from the few decent points that the author has to make. On to that point, there may be 3-5 good observations made by the author that are original thoughts. The rest of the book is basically plagiarized from other leadership material. I understand that authors pull from others all the time, but usually it is in support of their own theories and observations. In this book there is very little original thought or original application of other people's material. It's is basically copy and paste.

And as my friend and fellow reviewer (M. Cox) said, Chief Sargent obviously has some serious issues with his former department VBFR; I would like to know the other side of that story.

All of this to say that, I'm sure Chief Sargent has some very salient points and observations from his 26 1/2 years of on the job experience. I'm sure that he has seen and been through some crazy stuff and would be a great example for a new company officer like myself to follow. But he does not make that evident in this book and I would not recommend it for use on future promotional exams.
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This book is terrible. The author rambles and contradicts himself throughout the book. It Cleary did not have an editor that read it through. Not to mention that it has a very negative tone toward his former dept and other government agencies. Just a complete waste of time.
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I am having to memorize this book in order to take a Captains promotional exam and it is inspirational in regards to leadership. Every person desiring to promote should read this book prior to promotion! With that said, there were many typos and grammatical errors and it is obvious that it was a collection of articles thrown together to make a book. Many of the stories repeat themselves producing some redundancy. Also, it is obvious that Chief Sargent has some bitter feelings regarding those he left behind at VBFR. The funny thing about firemen is that there is someone just like him at the department I work for in Texas! Overall, I do recommend it and will continue to read it as I move up the chain of command.
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If you are looking for a book of pure experience on the fire ground this is it. Sargent brings a heads up on the transition from fire fighter/ medic to supervisor.
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