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Fire Service Leadership: The First Hundred Days: A Guide for New Chief Officers

By Martin J. Rita As a new chief officer or fire chief in an organization, there are certain guidelines that must be followed to have success. Many fire departments have new officers that are appointed from within the organization. This will complicate things even further when you attempt to acclimate your personnel to a new set of rules. There is a core set of values that must be followed when you are a manager. There has been proven success when these values are adhered to, and proven failure when they are not. Be Consistent Just as if you are a parent, you must be consistent with your message to all of your subordinates. This will validate that there is no favoring of individuals; it a...

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