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Fire Service Leadership & Management: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the Great Recession

By Thomas N. Warren There is not a fire department in the United States that has not heard in one form or another that they have to do more with less. This has become the mantra of the fire service in the first decade of 2000 and it is now stretching into the second decade. The Great Recession had its beginnings in December of 2007 and it was technically termed a retrenchment caused by unsustainable debt burden. This debt burden was borne by the business community, the public sector, and individuals alike. The problem at first seemed to be a simple slump but soon became a global crisis that paved the way for some of the most drastic changes the fire service has ever seen. The recession te...

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