For the past eight years I have had the honor of serving as a peer evaluator for candidates seeking accreditation (Chief Fire Officer) through the Commission on Public Safety Excellence. Among the requirements to be accredited is the candidates must make professional contributions. Most often, these contributions are in the form of serving in local, regional, state and national committees or candidates serving as instructors at regional, state and national conferences.
Once a person reaches the top level of their career ladder it would be easy to sit back, relax a little and relish your accomplishments. In fact, many, many chiefs do just that. They have lots of reasons for not getting involved and making a difference on the broader scale. If you try hard enough you can think up a good excuse to avoid doing anything you want. Equally, if you try hard enough you can find the time to give more than what your employer requires. Once you climb to the top of your career ladder, get involved... make a difference. It feels good and it's the right thing to do. My hat's off to the CFO candidates for giving back and making a difference.
Richard B. Gasaway, PhD, EFO, CFO
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