Fire EMS


Issue 2 and Volume 155.

Understanding how the organization felt about itself and how it was perceived in the public’s eyes was critical to the strategic planning process. BY RONALD JON SIARNICKI Editor’s note: This article is based on an applied research project for the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. On January 27, 1998, I became the seventh person to be confirmed as chief of Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department (PGFD) in its 27-year history. (Actually, I was the eighth chief; one of the previous chiefs had served two nonconsecutive terms). I was selected from within the organization, and my appointment was unanimously approved by the County Council. From the onset of my tenure, I set on a deliberate act of transforming the organization from a state of disarray into a progressive model fire and EMS delivery agency, wanting to place the department on the cutting edge in the delivery of fire/rescue and…

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