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Always remember that loyalty is a two-way street. You must give it to get it. We can recall a fire chief who asked his training officer to teach a course in loyalty. That officer replied to the fire chief that you could not teach loyalty, you had to earn it. Sadly, the chief had no idea of what his training guy really meant, until many years later.
New and different challenges are sure to be a part of our future. There will be many problems. But if you can create a common sense-oriented fire department, with some solid, old-time values and attributes, the problems will become opportunities. And your team will move boldly into the next millennium. If you are in a leadership position, it is critical for you to instill a love of responsibility in your people. And the best way is by example.
Harry R. Carter, Ph.D., will discuss "Solving Today's Fire Service Problems" at Firehouse Emergency Services Expo '98 in Baltimore July 15-19.