Leadership

Staff and Command Course Explores Extensive Responsibilities of Chiefs

Issue 4 and Volume 132.

Staff and Command Course Explores Extensive Responsibilities of Chiefs From budget preparation to fireground command, those who attended the National Fire Service Staff and Command Course at the University of Maryland in College Park January 27 to February 4 received a penetrating view of the many responsibilities of a fire chief. The course was presented by the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute in cooperation with the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Budget games and how they are played were described by Dr. William A. Ward of Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University, who warned that when management is weak, the municipal budget officer moves right into that vacuum and seizes power. The “just for now” game that budget officers play has a trap in its temporary solution. Ward warned, “When a budget officer says, ‘just for now,’ he means forever.” “They made me do it,” the finance officer explains, but…

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