Purpose Filled Leadership: Make A Difference In Your Fire Department


Purpose Filled Leadership, Make A Difference In Your Fire Department is written by Chief Les Karpluk and provides insights into fire service leadership for those aspiring to be leaders or those already in a formal or informal leadership position.

Chief Karpluk is more than passionately curious about leadership and in this book, he provides leadership thoughts that will help prepare future leaders for the realities of leadership. He references leadership authors throughout his book with the intention to spark the flame for any fire service leader to read more about leadership.

Purpose filled leadership is just that…it is purpose filled. It is a lifelong journey where the leader has a purpose and that purpose is to continue to impact those around them and make the tough decisions for the right reasons. It is about being realistic and understanding that every leader must conduct a self-analysis to become the best they can be.

This book has testimonials from firefighters and officers across Canada and the U.S. and is filled with 23 easy-to-read chapters and 18 one-page “Purpose Filled Quick Thoughts” that the reader can refer to time and time again.

Purpose Filled Leadership, Make A Difference In Your Fire Department is a book that any career or volunteer firefighter or officer can pick up and gain insight into some aspect of fire service leadership.


Author Biography

Les Karpluk began his career with the Prince Albert Fire Department in 1982 and retired as Fire Chief in February 2014. His career with the City of Prince Albert, SK spanned over 31 years. Les was recognized by the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs as the 2009 Career Chief of the Year.

Les holds a Bachelor of Applied Business in Emergency Services, certificates in Fire Service Leadership, Fire Service Administration, Emergency Management as well as Fire Officer IV designation. Les is an instructor for Lakeland College, Dalhousie University, and the Justice Institute of British Columbia, where he facilitates courses ranging from leadership to critical thinking.

Les continues to conduct leadership seminars across Canada and the U.S., consults with paid on-call fire departments and is currently the Fire Chief for the Townsite of Waskesiu for Parks Canada.


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