In my business, I talk to a lot of fire departments. And it always shocks me...That so many fire departments operate without a budget.
There are big differences between the budget haves and the budget have-notsThe haves almost always have more resources and funds available. And it's not because they are in "rich" areas.
It's because they can show how they are good stewards of their resources to the people that fund them - whether a local government or the community at large.
They also know what it takes (money-wise) to do a good job. So, when they ask for money, they can back up why they need the money they are requesting.
Finally, they can better manage their department and know when they are on track or off track. And how to make adjustments as unexpected events happen.
SummaryIf I see 1 difference between the departments, its the difference between the budgeters and non-budgeters. And the fire departments with budgets almost always have better equipment, more resources, and less stress.
John R. Hill