Many emergency service organizations have no formalized plan for where their organization plans to be in five years. My belief is that the idea of strategic planning scares most organizations.
We always deploy resources to respond to disasters like Hurricane Laura. But deploying resources needs buy-in from many agencies to work effectively.
Some people state that we have a successful fire response if no firefighters are hurt and even use this benchmark as their track record. Others become irate, stating that the fact no firefighters are hurt in an incident is a given, not a measure of success.
Public safety organizations need to work with their dispatch centers to identify the proper information that needs to be relayed upon dispatch.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused many changes to emergency management and services, but it has also revealed new opportunities.
While some pockets of the United States have noted increased cases of coronavirus infection, much of the anticipated spikes in cases and the EMS calls that were supposed to happen have not.
COVID-19: As leaders during this global pandemic, we must properly manage two main areas in our organizations: planning and communication.
What are the biggest qualities you should look for in a first responder candidate? Hiring a outstanding first responder starts with aligned values.
Joining the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) was one of the best actions of my career. If you want to be a fire chief, you should surround yourself with fire chiefs.