Leadership

The Marshal’s Baton

Issue 7 and Volume 107.

The Marshal’s Baton “NAPOLEON once said that every French soldier carries a marshal’s baton in his knapsack. Every American fireman carries a marshal’s five trumpets with him. Like the soldier of Napoleon, there is nothing to stop him from becoming head of his “fire army” if he is willing to study, and work for it. True, politics or favoritism may win a man place for a while, but only merit can help him keep that position. Behind every successful fire officer’s rise is at least one qualification—knowledge. Nobody has a mortgage on knowledge. It is there for any man to grasp if he so wills. It comes in the spoken and the printed word, from those who have it, so that those who seek it may gain it. There’s knowledge—and the marshal’s five trumpets, if you please, in the monthby-month recording of the progressive development within, and related to fire…

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