First Responders

The Problem Set:

Fires and emergencies create complex problem sets in which leaders and personnel function in a time-competitive environment where uncertainty, friction and risk are pervasive. The operational challenges inherent to first-responders have been further exacerbated by austerity measures, civil unrest and domestic terrorism, a more lethal operational environment and diminished operational experience. The professional first responder community has made great strides in advancing its understanding of the physical sciences as they relate to the operational environment, but has largely neglected the scientific disciplines that inform leaders on leadership and human performance.  In many instances and despite the best of intentions, fire-rescue and law enforcement leaders attempt to address performance-based discrepancies with solutions that are not human performance based.

The LUF Methodology:

Leadership Under Fire programs provide fire-rescue and law enforcement leaders with a comprehensive understanding of human performance and mission-oriented leadership.  LUF programs devote considerable attention to the moral, mental and physical aspects of human operational performance while blending science, applied research and best practices.  Our programs are a departure from traditional fire service and law enforcement training and professional development programs.  LUF programs are not a “how to” training course for fire-rescue and law enforcement leaders, but rather an educational experience that challenges leaders and operators to think differently about operational performance.

“Leadership Under Fire consistently challenges our leaders to refocus, strengthen their minds and better themselves. The LUF philosophy is powerful, and even more powerful when it's being used in our everyday lives and service to our community.”
– BC Jimmy McClelland, Prince Georges County FD