Have you trained your local leaders to not buy new fire trucks?If you've promoted the idea of a grant to buy needed apparatus, you probably have.
When leaders start to think that someone else will buy the truck you need, they will always defer the purchase.
That creates a problemWhen leaders defer the purchase and budgeting decision, your trucks can get older and older as you wait (and hope) for a grant. So, your trucks become more unsafe. Meanwhile, you've trained your leaders that they don't have to buy anything, just hold out for a grant that may or may not arrive.
What to do insteadBuild a financial justification case to show that buying a truck makes sense even if no grant is available to pay for it.
And that means comparing the cost of buying versus not buying. You can get a free tool to help build your case at FirstBankers.net/Justify.
SummaryDon't give your leaders a chance to avoid the hard decision of buying a modern and safe fire apparatus. While grants are great when you get them, they can actually harm your department as your leaders force you to wait for years to buy the truck you need.
John R. Hill