Leadership is often difficult and involves critical and tough decision making skills. The fact is, being placed in a responsible leadership position is really a privilege and not a detriment. Leadership is often referred to as stressful and involves a great deal of burden and pressure. However, the cornerstone of exercising effective leadership is having a clear understanding of the definition of what a leader is and how to do leadership things, and not just say leadership things. This program reflects on effective leadership behaviors that can be demonstrated when the situation calls for strong leadership presence and will explore a number of leadership lessons from history.
Billy D. Hayes
Billy D. Hayes is Chief Program Officer for The National Center for Fire and Life Safety. Previously he has served as Vice President of University Relations for Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, AL, Director of Community Affairs for the District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department and as the Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Riverdale, GA. In addition, he served as the State Educator for the Georgia Insurance & Safety Fire Commissioner’s / State Fire Marshal’s Office and as a Firefighter/Paramedic and Assistant Fire Marshal for the City of Morrow, GA. He has held certifications as a firefighter, paramedic, and instructor in various fields.
He is a graduate of Georgia Military College and Columbia Southern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and is pursuing his MBA from Columbia Southern University. He also is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program, Leadership Clayton, the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute, and has a Certificate in Local Government Management from the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute. He served as an adjunct instructor for the Georgia Fire Academy and is a current adjunct instructor with the Alabama Fire College, and has participated in many course developments. Furthermore, he speaks across the nation and has had various articles published on fire service and leadership topics including his columns on www.FireRescue1.com, he is the author for the chapter on Public Fire and Life Safety Education in the 7th edition of the Fire Chiefs Handbook, and hosts his Internet radio show Stop Drop and Roll With the Punches on www.firefighternetcast.com.
He served as the National Advocate Manager of the Everyone Goes Home program through the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. He is a Past-President of the Metro Atlanta Fire Chiefs Association, Past-Chairman of the Board for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, Past-President of the Georgia Public Safety Educators Association, past Coalition Leader for Clayton County SAFE KIDS, and past-Chair for the Leadership Clayton Board of Advisors. In addition, he holds membership in the International Association of Fire Chiefs where he is a member of the Life Safety Section, the Health, Safety, & Survival Section, Executive Fire Officer Section; International Association of Emergency Managers; American Marketing Association; and the Society for Human Resource Management. He has also served on the Fire-Rescue International Program Planning Committee, and the NFPA’s Educator Network and Urban Fire Safety Task Force. He currently serves on the Alabama Public Safety Leadership Academy Advisory,the Board the Board of Directors for the Alabama Firefighters Museum and Education Center, and the Editorial Advisory Board for Fire Chief Magazine and FireRescue1.com.
Ron Dennis is the past executive director for the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association, a position he assumed in September 2008 after retiring as the assistant chief for Avondale Fire-Rescue, Ariz. He is a 33-year fire service veteran and has worked for four Arizona fire departments during his career as a firefighter, company officer, training officer and command officer. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program and holds an associate degree from Rio Salado Community College and a bachelor’s degree from Cogswell Polytechnic College. He also completed the Certified Public Manager Program through Arizona State University. Ron has taught extensively throughout Arizona as a fire science program associate faculty member for several community colleges. In 2005 he was the recipient of the inaugural joint FDSOA/IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section Fire Safety Officer of the Year Award at Fire Rescue International.