Leadership

America Still Burning

Issue 3 and Volume 141.

America Still Burning FIRE SERVICE OUTLOOK Not enough has changed since the publication of a landmark report 14 years ago. The USFA invited conferees to help find ways to make more happen. Fourteen years after a congressionally appointed task force compiled the report America Burning, apathy, ignorance, tradition, lack of funding, and lack of vision have left the U.S. fire problem qualitatively, if not quantitatively, unchanged. To overcome these persistent barriers, the fire service will have to educate and train itself into a leadership role. This was the consensus when ideas voiced during a three-day session in Virginia last November were boiled down to one statement. The U.S. Fire Administration had gathered 70 members of the fire service and related industries to create a vision of what the fire service will be on the threshold of the 21st century. The organizers set three goals for the group: Define the status…

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