Do the up and coming fire service personnel have what it takes to move the service forward?

You are a current employee/member of the fire service. As you view the activities within the organizations that make up the department, behind the scenes outside of the view of the public and the media, do you see the service being advanced? Do you see decline and with that decline you are not sure about your future, your pension and your benefits? Are you giving the current leaders a pass as you fight or protest forces and activities that have no bearing on your progress? Are you looking the other way as you sense you are being failed by the leaders you follow or elect?

It is easy to oppose some policy or procedures about chain of command, the placement of units in service or influencing the promotional process, including the appointment of executive chief officers. But what is the state of our retirement benefits, are we covered if we get occupational illnesses or are we on track to improve our staffing posture?

You were handed a service that was respected and benefits were accrued well beyond other industries. Reflect on the real issues and where we are headed as a service in the next five years. How have we done in the last five years?


About managingemergencies

I am a professional consultant with 30 years of experience in managing emergencies. My background and skills gave me the foundation to start Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants. If you need preparedness training or would like to have a preparedness discussion for your employees contact me via email at I held various positions in the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department until I retired in 2007. As a emergency planner and trainer in the Prince George's County Office of Homeland Security I planned exercises and training for government agencies and citizens groups. I was appointed Fire Chief of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department in 2009. I started Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants in June of that year. I had the opportunity to become the Assistant Fire Chief - Operations of the District of Columbia Fire/EMS Department and served for a year as the Interim Fire Chief. I am a trained mediator, mediator team leader and trainer. I also served as the Fire/EMS Department Equal Employment Opportunity Officer.
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