Fire Service Leadership: Creating a Vision for Your Fire Department

By Thomas N. Warren What's the vision for your fire department? More importantly, who develops the vision for your department? Is there a five- or 10-year plan, something more tangible than simply a mission statement? How do you ensure that every member of your department knows what the vision is and how it can be met? Traditionally, the vision for any organization is set by those whose responsibility it is to lead the organization. Private-sector CEOs often change when there is a conflict with the board of directors, the company's image (brand) is tarnished in some way, or profits do not meet expectations. There are some very clear-cut parameters around how a vision can become reality an...

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