The Mission of the Fire Service Warrior

By Christopher Brennan            What is your fire department’s mission statement? Seriously, right now, recite from memory your department’s mission statement. Can you? I ask students in my classes to do just this on a regular basis and, without exception so far, my request has been met with blank or panicked stares. This may sound obvious, but if your members cannot recite your department’s mission statement from memory, then there is no way they will be living that mission statement. Far too often, departments establish “mission statements” that are essentially press releases that fill an entire ...

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