Volunteers often assume people love them, but hostile takeover attempts against volunteer fire departments are all too common. Learn to recognize the warning signs; become familiar with long-term defense strategies; and develop strategies for immediate survival, including legal strategies. The importance of training in how to enhance the perception of professionalism cannot be overemphasized.WHAT'S GOING ON?No two fire departments are exactly alike, and that's doubly true for volunteer fire departments. For reasons of history, evolution, psychology, and so forth, we're all a little different. Sometimes that works to our advantage. Sometimes not. Sometimes our differences can b...

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