Wm. Tank's Recommended Reading For The Fire Service

Chief Tanks is a co-founder of the MAFFC conference, a committee member for many years, and is a board member of the Metro Atlanta Fire Officers Association (MAFOA).


It’s Your Ship by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff

A very good book for a leader in a new assignment. It provides insight into how to take a mediocre team to a high performing team.

Recommended for Chief Officers


Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzer

A valuable book in building relationships with diverse stakeholders. Communicating is a critical skill of a leader. This book gives methods for advanced communication.

Recommended for Station and Chief Officers


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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

This is one of my "must reads." It is a quick lesson in the critical elements of leadership in team building.

Recommended for Station and Chief Officers


From Buddy to Boss: Effective Fire Service Leadership by Chase Sargent

This book is written for the unique environment of Fire Service Leadership. It is a classic in my eyes, and I often read a few pages from time to time over again.

Recommended for Chief Officers