Thread: Structure of a new department
01-13-2000, 11:09 PM #1LT601Firehouse.com Guest
Structure of a new department
I am looking for ideas/comments on how the structure of a newly almaglamated fire department might look.
This new department will see 11 departments joining into 1 with a mixture of full-time and volunteer personnel.
Should full-time and volunteer be made into separate divisions with training and fire prevention handled by each ( as long as the departments objectives are meet)?
Thanks in advance
[This message has been edited by LT601 (edited January 13, 2000).]
01-24-2000, 04:56 PM #2mpkaneFirehouse.com Guest
Quick suggestion. The less you do to point out the differences between paid and volunteer the less the animosity. Include everybody in the training, planning, and decision making and you'll have a much more cohesive, tightly woven department.
Additionally, try your best to establish a seamless command and control function. In other words, when it comes to emergency situations, operate as if there are no boundaries. When not at a fire, allow the districts to remain independent and retain their identities. Seminole Co FL is a prime example. The are 8 municipal departments as well as the County FD. They are dispatched by a central communications center. All training is done under a centralized training bureau to standardize procedures It is entirely possible to have companies from Casselberry (red trucks), Altamonte Springs (white trucks), Orange Co. (red trucks) and Seminole Co. (hideous pink) on a first alarm. They all, however, retain their personalities.
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