Leadership

F. P. Engineers Needed

Issue 8 and Volume 123.

F. P. Engineers Needed The Editor’s Opinion Page There is no substitute for intelligence, judgment and wisdom, which translated means common sense, and thankfully most of our fire chiefs have these qualities. But it is a rare fire chief who has an engineering degree and not too many who have any college degree. The chief of yesteryear never even heard of terms like “computer programming” and “cost analysis.” Today’s chief is not only aware of them but has to cope with them and a lot of other highly technical items. He is increasingly involved with architects, engineers and accountants. In discussions with such persons, he often comes off second best, and decisions are made against his judgment that affect the fire prevention and fire suppression activities of his department. Frequently this happens because the chief has no feel for the jargon and perhaps the philosophy of the other professionals that…

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