Leadership

VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS

Issue 23 and Volume 56.

VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS I desire to preface my remarks on this topic with the statement that this paper contains ideas gathered from men who have spent a lifetime in the volunteer fire service, interwoven with those gained from my own experience. Organization. The paramount issue in any organization is the personnel or body of such organization. The reason I say issue is because it very often becomes a most vital issue after organization has been perfected, then it is too late to change. A fire department is a semi-military body, it must have certain rules to govern it and these rules must be observed, it must subject itself to discipline and place those of its own members over it to enforce its rules and regulations and these officers must be men who will command respect and enforce strict obedience. Unless you are extremely careful who compose the body of your…

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