Any fire chief worth his or her salt sees the value in fire prevention. It represents that same dedication to the safety of the community and the understanding of our core values that got them those five bugles — the realization that a reduction in fires means a reduction in risk to personnel...
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The fact remains that it is our very own profession and the very people serving in it that put a value on suppression and taking risks, and by doing so, we fall well short of the very reason we put on our uniforms and come to work — protecting our citizens. Many in our profession wrongly believe that their only value is when smoke is showing and that if there are no fires, they have no purpose and there will no longer be any camaraderie. But as chiefs, you know otherwise, but it will take a courageous leader to show them.
DANIEL BYRNE is a lieutenant and the fire marshal for the Beaufort, SC, Fire Department. He holds an associate's degree in fire science and is pursuing a bachelor's degree, also in fire science. A 22-year veteran of the emergency services, Byrne is a National Fire Academy alumnus and a volunteer paramedic with Beaufort County EMS. A U.S. Marine veteran of the Desert Shield/Storm War, he is a technical sergeant with the Georgia Air National Guard, serving in the Fire Protection Division airport crash crew. He can be reached at email@example.com.