Firefighting

Succession Planning: Leave the Fire Service Better Than You Found It

Issue 8 and Volume 160.

BY STEVE PRZIBOROWSKI REMEMBER THE SAYING, “ASK NOT WHAT YOU CAN do for your country but what your country can do for you”? Apply that to the fire service. How do you plan to leave the fire service in a better condition than when you found it? The fire service is only as good as we make it; all of us-volunteer, paid, and future firefighters-have a tremendous responsibility to make the fire service better and to leave it in a better condition than when we found it. Besides being the right thing to do, it is necessary for the fire service’s long-term survival and success. Succession planning is a hot topic today, because a great number of experienced firefighters are retiring from departments across the nation and because we are not able to provide our members with sufficient hands-on experience. What have you done today that will leave the fire…

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