LAFD Hosts Special Talk By Dr. David Griffin Tuesday

Los Alamos Fire Chief/Rotarian Troy Hughes speaks at a recent Rotary meeting at the golf course about LAFD hosting a special presentation by Dr. David Griffin. He invites the community to attend the event Jan. 19 at Duane Smith Auditorium. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAFD News:

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes invites the community to attend a very special leadership event featuring Dr. David Griffin Tuesday at Duane Smith Auditorium.

LAFD is hosting Dr. Griffin’s presentation in which he speaks in the context of a fire department, but the story he tells applies to any organization. He was on a fire scene in Charleston, S.C. when nine firefighters died. This tragedy was a wakeup call for the organization and him personally. 

“His story speaks to the difficulty in changing an organization,” Hughes said during a recent briefing to the Rotary Club. “The story of how Dr. Griffin and the Charleston Fire Department changed is one you won’t soon forget. He has spoken to business and industry all across our nation. His words are heartfelt and truly moving.”

Topics include:

  • First-hand accounts of that day;
  • Never before seen video footage with radio traffic;
  • Initial resistance to the changes following the tragedy;
  • The heavy toll that this catastrophic even took on David’s life;
  • The incredible changes that he and the CFD have made;
  • Dr. Griffin’s scientific research regarding the change process following the event; and
  • Details from the coincident Best Selling Book, In Honor of The Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy.

“The cost for the presentation has been paid by LAFD and we are inviting members of our community to come, listen, and learn,” Hughes said. “This is a great opportunity to see leadership in action. I hope that you can make all or at least some of the three talks Dr. Griffin will be delivering.”

Tuesday, Jan. 19 Talks:

  • 8:30-10:15 a.m. – In Honor of The Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy;
  • 10:30 a.m. to noon – Organizational Learning: Victory Starts Here; and
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m. –  Servant Leadership.

Parking could be an issue, so car pool, walk, or ride the bus to avoid the parking troubles.