Let me assure you that I have followed this for many years and that those folks who have chosen to invest in the delivery of water to extinguish fires have done quite well indeed. As a matter of fact, those who have been able to generate support for residential fire sprinkler systems have done quite well indeed.
Be grateful for those individuals in the past who have chosen to grab the reins of leadership with both hands, yanked hard and exercised a proactive approach to command, control, and future planning. Oh, they were no always right, but let me assure you that they made far fewer mistakes than the shrinking violets who stayed on the sidelines and invested none of their individual capital in anything which involved any sort of risk.
As a friend of mine told me many years ago, "…do not follow where the path may lead. Chose instead a new path and leave a trail for others to follow." In line with this thought, I have developed a personal philosophy which has served me well over the past several decades. I read, research, think, and then write about that which I believe to be the best way to do a given task.
Am I always right? Heck no. However, let me suggest that I have proven to be more right than wrong over the course of my professional career. As I approach my first Social Security check in July, I want you to know that I have no plans to change how I operate. I intend to carry the baton of fire service leadership for as long as the Good Lord allows me breath to carry on. Take care.
- See Harry Live! Dr. Harry Carter will be presenting “Problem Solving” and “How to Become a Better Fire Chief” during the Chief's Leadership Forum at Firehouse Expo in Baltimore, July 23 - 27.