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We in the fire service must redouble our efforts to enhance our political standing and our public image beyond what we have achieved in the past. Our leaders must become even more innovative, efficient and progressive in managing our nation’s fire departments. We must work together to build, financially and operationally, more effective fire departments. This will create political and public support that is stronger than ever before. If we are willing to put forth a collective effort at all levels of government, perhaps the members of the fire service can look back in the year 2021 and say, as my friend did, “What a difference 10 years can make.”