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Fire Department Leadership: Taking Ownership: From Culture Change to Tradition

By David Howell Identifying an issue or deficiency means making a change to what we are currently doing or not doing. No idea no, matter how good it is, can work if firefighters lack the discipline to follow their new orders. The process of implementing change also involves developing the people who are meant to follow these changes. If you get your firefighters to buy in to change and take ownership, the rest is easy. As the saying goes, you are only as strong as your weakest link. Policies are only as good as the people who are meant to follow them. Those individuals who have self-discipline follow directions no matter who is watching or not watching; they immediately take pride and own...

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