Leadership

POLITICS AND THE FIRE CHIEF

Issue 3 and Volume 158.

BY RICHARD MARINUCCI Politics. When you see this word, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Most often it is not something good. Coming on the heels of the recent presidential campaign and its related negative media ads, along with some of your experiences at the local level, you probably want nothing to do with politics. Unfortunately, politics is part of the job and part of life. There is an element of it in everything we do. As a result, it is important for members of the fire service (especially those in higher ranks) to understand how politics affect what is done every single day. To fully understand the importance of politics in the operation of the fire department, you need only look at some common definitions. Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (10th edition) offers the following four definitions (among others): 1. The art or science of government, 2.…

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