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Succession Planning 101: Are We Doing the Best We Can for Our Personnel?

BY STEVE PRZIBOROWSKI It is not uncommon to hear the term "succession planning" thrown around in today's fire service, but is it truly occurring or is it just lip service? It's quite possible that some of you may not know the term because it is not occurring in your fire department. I thought the concept was universally understood and practiced in the fire service until I taught a class on it and a number of fire service personnel asked, "What is succession planning?" Even after I explained it, it seemed like a foreign language to them based on the follow-up questions and "deer in the headlight" looks I received. Those reactions only reinforce the need for un...

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