In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results - I ’m a firm believer that every fire department deserves greatness and this can only happen when all of the members are working together. It’s not a solo act from a select few, but a commitment from the rank and file to change behaviours, accept new ideas and a willingness to put in the time and effort to make things better. Like anything else in life, you reap what you sow and if a department is focused on change to improve something, then the result will be a culmination of the efforts put forth by the firefighters.
Does a fire department culture need to change? In 1902 James Allen wrote, “Man is made or unmade by himself.” When you reflect upon this statement, “A fire department is made or unmade by itself,” then you are able to answer the question yourself.