Randall Hanifen Ph.D.

West Chester Fire Department

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West Chester Fire Department
Bronze Most Valuable Member


Randall W. Hanifen is a Lieutenant for West Chester Fire, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati Fire Science and Emergency Management Program, and a Fire Service Consultant. He holds a B.S. in Fire Administration, an M.S. in Fire Service Executive Leadership and has a Ph.D. in Executive Management of Homeland Security. He is the associate author of the book Disaster Planning and Control ( Penwell 2009) and contributes regularly to fire service publications, writing on topics of company officer leadership and higher education.

Randall serves as Vice-Chair on the IAFC’s Company Officers Section, leading the COLS and mentoring project action teams. He also serves on the FRI Program Planning Committee. Randall serves as a technical committee member of NFPA 1021, the Fire Officer Standard, and as an alternate member of the NFPA 1500.

Randall serves as the Executive Chairperson of a County Technical Rescue Team and as Taskforce Leader for FEMA’s Ohio Task Force 1 US&R team, which provides response to Federal Level disasters. Randall also serves as the Planning Section Chief for the Butler County (OH) Regional Type 3 Incident Management Team.

Randall is credentialed as a Fire Officer by the Center for Public Safety Excellence and has been accepted as a Fellow to the Institute of Fire Engineers. Randall can be reached at


Northcentral University Executive Management of Homeland Security
2009 To 2015
Dissertation: Comparing Fire Department and Local EMA Collaboration to the ICS System

Executive Fire Service Leadership, 2006 Grand Canyon University
2004 To 2006

University of Cincinnati
2002 To 2004

2003 University of Cincinnati