Leadership

Fire companies are your major assets—capitalize on them!

Issue 8 and Volume 114.

Fire companies are your major assets—capitalize on them! Neither outstanding work of individual firemen nor over-all accomplishments of an entire fire department should mar a fire chiefs view of the importance of the trained, intact company as the major unit of operation When you explain the fire service to the public, keep your story simple. Unless you reduce it to a few key ideas, your audience may miss your points. Bruce Holmgren thinks “the concept of the company” is your one best point to make. He urges you to stress the importance of keeping a company together as an intact, operating unit. Doing this, he says, helps you to: (1) Interpret your work to the public and (2) ward off the unwise attempts of others to break up your companies or whittle down company strength. You do all this by showing the key role of the company in the department…

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