Leadership

BEST WAY TO DEVELOP EFFICIENCY IN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS

Issue 10 and Volume 86.

BEST WAY TO DEVELOP EFFICIENCY IN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS Necessity for Preparedness and Discipline in the Department—Careful Instruction of Members Needed—Importance of Inspections THE majority of Fire Departments in this country are volunteer, not front choice, but front necessity. Small communities have not learned generally to appreciate the value of good equipment or of men whose lives are devoted to the science of fighting fires. Division of interests between civic duty and the means of securing a living wage is forever a handicap. It cannot be denied that volunteers have done good work, or that in many instances they are very efficient. The chief defect in a volunteer organization is the lack of time to secure the necessary training. Discipline is largely the measure of the Chief’s ability to command the respect of his fellow fireman. The efficiency to be gained in such an organization is probably in direct ratio…

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