Strategic Thinking

Over the past few years, we have endured economic hardships that have eaten into the fabric of our society. As a consequence, the fire service is under a kind of scrutiny it has rarely seen. We may have considered ourselves immune from severe cuts in...


Over the past few years, we have endured economic hardships that have eaten into the fabric of our society. As a consequence, the fire service is under a kind of scrutiny it has rarely seen. We may have considered ourselves immune from severe cuts in budgets and entitlements, but that’s not the...


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One key competency of strategic thinking is holding past, present and future in mind simultaneously to come up with better decision-making and to speed implementation. This means being able to focus on one small piece of a problem while keeping in mind the departmental vision and how this problem could contribute to departmental opportunity.

Every firefighter has a stake in creating the future: “What can I contribute to my crew, my department and the global fire service?” And that, my friends, is what is now at stake.