Annual Budgets: Understanding the "Business" of Running a Fire Dept. While attending the FDIC show in Indianapolis, I had the opportunity to speak with literally dozens of firefighters from all parts of the fire service. Whether career or volunteer, chief or firefighter, big city or small...
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Where can you go for help? Talk to your thermal imaging manufacturer. Most will help you establish a planning cycle for equipment maintenance and replacement. They may have preventive-maintenance programs that can extend the life of your equipment. Manufacturers may offer free training. They may have suggestions for battery replacement and daily inspection and maintenance that can protect your investment. They understand the ROI concept and may be willing to help you craft a message targeted to whoever pulls the budgetary strings in your organization. There are countless ways your manufacturer can help. It is worth the phone call.
Over 75% of the fire departments in this country are volunteer and to many a budget of any type is a foreign concept. I have worked too many chicken fries and pancake breakfasts to miss out on that fact. Next month, we will talk about grant sources and allocation, as well as fundraising ideas and concepts.
BRAD HARVEY is the Thermal Imaging Product Manager at Bullard. He is a veteran of public safety as a firefighter, police officer and paramedic and is certified through the Law Enforcement Thermographers' Association (LETA) as a thermal imaging instructor. Harvey has worked as a high-angle rescue instructor and is a certified rescue technician and fire instructor. If you have questions about thermal imaging, you may e-mail him at email@example.com.