Iím looking for or hoping you can direct me to some info about the changes that the fire service are experiencing both in the volunteer and paid aspect of the industry. I think itís in a unique position due to the fact that a large number of departments are made up of a combination of both paid and volunteer members and due to the changing social structure of the country, the fire service has been forced to change to stay current with the times.

I was wondering if you could direct me to (ultimately) some consultant reports on fire departments and what changes they should implement to stay with the times or any information on what the fire service is doing to meet the changing demands.

Iím looking at the situation from a managerial role and would like to make recommendations on how to better the operations of the department. When Iím done writing it, Iím going to present it to my fire department for consideration.