People a lot smarter than me will have to decide whether the stimulus packages being passed by Congress and signed by the President represent good public policy and make economic sense or are a mistake that the nation will be sorry for down the road. We've read so many conflicting opinions, and...
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We should work together as members of fire departments and managers of fire departments to cause this to happen. During difficult times, and when trying to recover from those difficult times, it's harder to successfully influence decision-makers outside the fire department when we can't even work together in support a critical common cause (i.e., the budget) inside the department. The lives of the public and the lives of our firefighters depend, to a large extent, on the individual and collective capability of the fire service to work through all of this, so let's not let them down.
DENNIS COMPTON, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a well-known speaker and the author of several books, including the When in Doubt, Lead series. He is also co-editor of the current edition of the ICMA textbook Managing Fire and Rescue Services. Compton was the fire chief in Mesa, AZ, for five years and assistant fire chief in Phoenix, AZ, where he served for 27 years. Compton is the past chair of the Executive Board of the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) and past chair of the Congressional Fire Services Institute's National Advisory Committee. He is also chairman of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Board of Directors and the chairman of the Home Safety Council Board of Directors.