Without a cohesive environment it is highly unlikely that a firefighting unit will be effective on the fireground or provide the atmosphere for learning and growth at the firehouse. Ground rules will allow us to build the type of workplace environment that supports the growth of a cohesive team and is an absolute necessity for tactical performance. The material applies equally to firefighters and officers as these two groups normally make up a company. The concepts are the building blocks and can actually be used to bring cohesive to battalion or platoon level.
- The student will be able to describe the importance of a cohesive environment within a firefighting unit.
- The student will be able to list several action steps used to build a cohesive company environment.
About the Speaker
Chief Reilly is a forty-two-year fire service veteran. He previously served as the Assistant Fire Chief in Davis, California. Prior to moving to California Dennis spent six and a half years as the Chief of the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District in Sunrise Beach, Missouri. The Chief is a retired Battalion Chief from Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Among his duties in Cherry Hill Chief Reilly was an operational Shift Commander, the project lead for the development of the Cherry Hill Recruit Fire Academy and a founding member of the Department’s Technical Rescue Team. Chief Reilly was also one of the original members of the New Jersey State Urban Search & Rescue Task Force 1. Among his multiple deployments, Chief Reilly operated as a rescue squad officer at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
A lifelong student Chief Reilly holds an Associate Degree in Fire Protection from Durham Technical College, a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from North Carolina Central University, and a Master in Public Administration from Penn State. The Chief has received his Chief Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence and serves as a Peer Reviewer for the CFO Designation. He is also a Certified Public Manager completing the certification program at Arizona State University in 2015.
In addition to his fire service career, Chief Reilly is a US Army veteran. Spending over six years on active duty he has been assigned as a combat medic with the 82nd Airborne Division, a flight medic with over 500 hours of flight time, and as a combat medic with the 2nd Armored Calvary Regiment and was deployed during the first Gulf War.
After retiring from Cherry Hill, the Chief went to work as private contractor providing high threat protective services to multiple government agencies. He has made multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan supporting the US State Department and other government agencies.