We need more money!I think that's a sentiment that all fire departments have. They know there is equipment to be replaced or new technology that can be used to strengthen their department.
So, why don't fire departments get more money?I am not trying to hurt anyone's feelings but I rarely see fire departments use a budget properly. Even those that use budgets don't recognize the power of having a budget.
A budget should be a numerical example of your department's vision. That means you put a number on whatever your department needs (really needs, not just wants - we'll get to that next week).
That means, you understand what it costs to operate your department, maintain your capital (things that last more than 1 year) purchases, and plan for some unexpected events. That means if you need a truck, you budget an amount you need to save each year to buy the truck when you need it.
How you use a budget to get more moneyBy having a plan that people can see and you can explain, you will increase the funding you get. Your appeals for more money aren't just unsubstantiated talk. You use a budget to show what you need to realize your departmental vision.
John R. Hill