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.