"Legacy of Leadership" In Challenging Times

It was April 25-26, 2012, at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. Front and center was the 24th annual Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) seminars and dinner. Nearly 2,000 representatives of the fire and emergency services were in...


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Whether fire service officials, elected officials, business leaders or others – all leaders must be committed to delivering the best possible service to the public, while at the same time trying to ensure that “Everyone Goes Home” safely at the end of every emergency response. These are (and will remain) critical responsibilities of fire service leaders at all levels, no matter what the condition of the economy and fire department budgets may be.

The leadership of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, along with the CFSI and its National Advisory Committee, renewed their commitment to ensure that decisions made at the federal level are the best possible for the nation’s fire and emergency services. It was stressed throughout the evening that the leadership and decision-making taking place at the national level directly enhances the overall safety of the public and of firefighters at the local level.

I hope you were there at the CFSI seminars and dinner this year. It is important that the entire fire and emergency services community gets behind the efforts of the CFSI and offer their ongoing support. At the CFSI National Advisory Committee meeting on April 27, 2012, CFSI Board of Directors President Bill Jenaway issued a challenge for next year: “2,500 attendees at the 25th dinner.”

Let’s all commit to be among that group of attendees and make that showing of unity and support a reality for the political community in Washington, DC, to see. n

 

Dennis Compton will present “Creating and Inspiring Exceptional Fire Department Leaders” at Firehouse Expo 2012, July 17-21 in Baltimore, MD.

DENNIS COMPTON, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a speaker and the author of Progressive Leadership Principles, Concepts and Tools, the When in Doubt, Lead! books, the book Mental Aspects of Performance for Firefighters and Fire Officers, and many articles, chapters and other publications. He was the fire chief in Mesa, AZ, for five years and assistant fire chief in Phoenix, where he served for 27 years. Compton is past chairman of the Executive Board of the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) and past chairman of the Congressional Fire Services Institute’s National Advisory Committee. He is currently chairman of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Board of Directors.