By now, many of you have heard of the Santa Clara County, CA, Civil Grand Jury report completed in May 2011. The report is titled Fighting Fire or Fighting Change? Rethinking Fire Department Response Protocol and Consolidation Opportunities . It’s interesting that the findings of this...
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We should always look for ways to make our service delivery and support systems more effective and efficient. The lesson here is more important than the content of the report: Any process with the potential to be politicized, up front and on completion, should be cause for the fire service to be concerned. We must understand that the process may not be geared toward improving public safety or firefighter safety.