Chief of Counterterrorismand Emergency Preparedness Leadership Biography Jillian Sala
Joseph Pfeifer - Background - Born in New York - Family history in the FDNY - Firefighter - Having competency and knowing what to do (logistics on the scene). - Officer - Know what to do and be responsible for the firefighters. - “Leadership isn’t about giving order but sharing the danger.”
Accomplishments on September 11, 2001and Beyond • Commanded some of the largest fires and emergencies in FDNY history • First to the World Trade Center’s north tower • Made the first official report, sounded the alarms and setup command post in the tower. • He sent the firefighters up to evacuate people from the building and help those get down that couldn’t. Post 9/11: • Went to Harvard’s executive education program in 2006 and received his masters in public administration in 2007. • Founded FDNY’s Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness • Assessed the September 11th response, improved management practices, established partnerships with other agencies to supplement those of the FDNY • He is now finding new and innovative ways to prepare for events like September 11th and making sure that the modes of communication to all parties are transparent.
Integrating all four domainsOn 9/11 and now Joe Pfeifer is able to successfully aligns his domains because stays true to the core values of the FDNY: Service, Bravery, Safety, Honor, Dedication, Preparedness• Work & Family – Joe was committed to the FDNY. The firefighters were a family and went up into the towers together. Joe’s family is deeply rooted in the FDNY.• Community – The New York community entrusted in the firefighters to keep them safe and allowed Joe Pfeifer and the other chief’s to determine the best next steps for safety. Increase awareness of fire safety in the community. Firefighters are all about the safety of the people.• Self – Through his training prior to the event he was prepared to lead his team and guide them through this crisis. He poured all of his energy into this mission critical event. He finds satisfaction in helping other people and now he is preparing them for an event which has never occurred. He makes sure he,as well as his men, is well prepared.
Lessons to be applied to my own life• Building relationships and preparation allows for the different domains in life to come together for mutual gain during crisis• Staying true to core values will anchor yourself to what it is that’s important and allow for greater synergies in life.• Importance of having your co-workers be more than just acquaintances and have them feel a greater sense of responsibility for those around them.• Constantly be looking for new ways to improve oneself, and be mindful of how that influences other.• Love what you do and do what you love