Critical Decision Making

Critical Decision Making: Point-to-Point Leadership in Fire & Emergency Services

Michael J Barakey

By nature, competent decisions by emergency responders are challenging because incidents are fluid and dynamic. In Critical Decision Making, Chief Michael Barakey gives emergency first responders the tools to succeed on every incident where they make critical decisions and mitigate incidents daily under stress.

This book reviews cases to identify common incident elements that hinder quality decision making, and it introduces point-to-point leadership, a systematic approach to making critical decisions from the time responders are alerted to an incident to its resolution. Understanding how to make critical decisions in this dynamic process is what makes great leaders.


  • Why points exist
  • Critical decision making: The single most important factor to success
  • Point-to-point decision making
  • Responsibility to make critical decisions
  • Six steps to becoming a critical decision maker: Immerse, influence, encourage, vision, transform, and implement
  • Critical decision makers become leaders
  • The art of critical decision making: Organizational return
  • The future of critical decision making
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SpecificationsFire Engineering, 2018
6" x 9" hardcover
228 pages
ISBN: 9781593704629

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