Leadership

WITH THE EDITOR

Issue 3 and Volume 79.

WITH THE EDITOR Fire Chief’s Tenure of Office NOTHING can destroy the efficiency of a fire depanment more effectively than frequent changes of its commanding officer. A careful census of the fire organizations in the medium and large cities of the country will show that those of greatest efficiency have kept the same chief in office for several years. On the other hand, instances can be cited where fire departments have been kept in a semi-demoralized state because of frequent changes in this office. It is admitted that in some cases a change may be for the good of the department, but such change is rarely brought about by politics. Considered from the standpoint of efficiency, the principle of changing the fire chief every time the city administration changes is a bad one. It undermines the morale of the department. It destroys the incentive of the officers to progress. If…

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