Leadership

THE FOUR ES OF FIRE PREVENTION

Issue 9 and Volume 127.

THE FOUR ES OF FIRE PREVENTION Engineering Education Experience Enforcement When I was appointed fire chief, I felt that the air of secrecy about the fire department operations, the lack of knowledge of the fire department on the part of our city officials and other agencies were contrary to the best interests of the fire department and its personnel. I soon found out that by being forthright about our activities, and laying our problems on the table, open for suggestion or solution, a new interest was engendered, not only by those outside the department but also by our own personnel. I felt that many persons, other than city officials, might also have an interest in the fire department and its operations—especially fire prevention. This area, above all, is the one that requires the most cooperation from the community. Fire prevention is a twoway street. There must be guidance and direction…

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