Investing In Our Future

I am very fortunate. I get to travel all over the place and meet people from literally all aspects of the fire service. We visit about lots of things, and on everyone's list of concerns is the issue of developing future leaders in fire departments and...


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There is not a lot of good information and guidance available to help us with the development and mentoring of future fire service leaders. I will continue to share what I have developed in hopes that you will find it useful. All who occupy leadership positions received help getting there from somebody. We owe the same to the next generations of leaders.

The fire and life safety industry as a whole has significant challenges ahead, and it always will. Quality leadership, capable management and good supervision will be key elements in successfully meeting those challenges. We need to invest in the future, and one critical way we do that is by investing in future leaders. Thanks for your help!


Dennis Compton, a Firehouse® contributing editor, has more than 33 years in the fire service. He was assistant fire chief in Phoenix, where he served for 27 years; and fire chief in Mesa, AZ, for 5 1/2 years. Compton is a well-known author, speaker and educator, and the recipient of several national awards. He has chaired the IFSTA Executive Board and the CFSI National Advisory Committee, and serves on the board of NFPA, as well as several other boards of directors. Compton serves as a national advocate and executive advisor inside and outside the fire service.