Leadership

Fire Service Personnel

Issue 6 and Volume 126.

Fire Service Personnel Manpower is a key factor in both fire suppression and fire prevention, the commission declared. Therefore, changes in the manning of fire departments “affect the ability of those departments to control life and property losses from fire.” The changes the commission referred to include entrance requirements, training, physical conditioning and the way manpower is deployed. Equal opportunity Equal opportunity in entering a fire department is demanded by the commission, which cited moral considerations and federal law, which calls for entrance requirements to be related only to performance requirements of the job. The commission observed that “many fire departments have quite some distance to go” to eliminate discrimination against hiring minorities. Too few entrance tests relate to the skills a fire fighter needs, while too many emphasize administrative skills that seem to be searching for a potential chief in every fire fighter applicant, the commission charged. The determination…

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