Leadership

Systems Analysis Adds a New Tool To the Fire Service

Issue 8 and Volume 128.

Systems Analysis Adds a New Tool To the Fire Service features The Editor’s Opinion Page Systems analysis, which is what this issue is almost all about, was developed back in the 1950s and 1960s as a new tool for providing policy advice to the United States Department of Defense. “It provides an organized step-by-step approach to studying large systems such as a municipal fire department that contain many interacting elements and in which it is very difficult to determine the consequences of a change in policy,” according to Dr. Warren Walker (page 38) who elaborates on this theme. Walker further states that the steps taken in a systems analysis are so logical that they are used by most people in making everyday decisions such as buying a car and planning a vacation. You start out by identifying a problem area and then identify the objectives brought on by the problem.…

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