Leadership

BASIC ANALYSIS FOR THE VOLUNTEER FIRE SERVICE, PART 1: MISSION

Issue 9 and Volume 150.

BASIC ANALYSIS FOR THE VOLUNTEER FIRE SERVICE, PART 1: MISSION BY CARL F. WELSER Being the chief officer of a volunteer fire department implies knowing how to run a volunteer fire department. And also why. The “why” is as important as the “how.” Failure to understand both “how” and “why” will damage and perhaps even destroy the organization. It will certainly shorten its usable life span. When a volunteer fire department evolves to the point of choosing its first partly paid or fully paid chief officer, some rationale should guide the selection process. Certainly, the candidate must possess administrative credentials and leadership ability, should be able to provide training, and should not be a novice in the fire service. The candidate should be someone of considerable experience who has “been there and done that” many times. The overriding concern should be whether the candidate knows how and why to lead…

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