Over the past five weeks, I've described 2 different fire departments. And how each operates its department.The two departments had differing approaches to budgeting, its social responsibility, its purchasing decisions, and its financial record keeping.
Guess which department has better equipment, safer equipment, and is viewed more positively by its community?Running a fire department is a complex endeavor. The purchases are big, the decisions take time & thought to make & carry out well, and the stakes are life-threatening. The decisions that a fire department makes affect the community.
- Does the fire department have or have a plan to get the safe and modern equipment to protect its citizens?
- Is it prepared when the unplanned events happen (both in life and financially)?
- Does the leadership view itself as stewards of the department, aware of its history and planning for a successful future?
SummaryYour fire department is one of these two fire departments. And I see a huge disparity when talking to these departments in what they have, the enjoyment of their experience being part of the department, and the confidence they have in serving their communities.
John R. Hill