Saturday, December 6, 2008

The foundation of a great fire department

The foundation of a great fire department is built in three things: A strong organizational MISSION, an articulate and forward-thinking VISION, strong CORE VALUES. When I talk with departments that are having problems it almost always comes down to problems with members being out of focus as to the real reason they joined the fire service in the first place. As leaders, we have an obligation to ensure our members are involved in the development of the mission, are well-informed of the department's vision (direction), and live by the core values that are non-negotiable.

It doesn't matter if you are a formal leader or an informal leader, holding each other accountable for behavior that is consistent with the mission, vision, and core values is everyone's responsibility. Remember, if you allow undesirable behavior, it is the same as giving your permission for it to occur.

Richard B. Gasaway, PhD, EFO, CFO

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