Leadership

DPW: A VALUABLE RESOURCE

Issue 10 and Volume 144.

DPW: A VALUABLE RESOURCE The display of accessorized heavy equipment that greeted me as I arrived at the site where I was to hold a class in trench rescue and structural collapse for the Allegheny (FA) County Department of Special Services and Maintenance Operations would make the largest construction firm envious. Not only was all the equipment good looking (all painted white), but it was in excellent condition and the disciplined personnel knew their jobs. In all my travels across the country, I have not seen an outfit like—or one that even comes close to—the Allegheny County’ unit. We in the emergency services somehow have been overlooking a community resource that is second to none in equipment and manpower. Some of you might be saying, “Wait a minute. We have had public works on tap for years.” My answer to that is, “Have you ever worked with these personnel? Do…

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