This is not another book about how to put the wet stuff on the red stuff. ""The Fire Chief's ToolBox"" presents a clear view of the personal and professional issues affecting a new fire chief and offers tools to address the issues successfully. ""The Fire Chief's ToolBox"" will provide readers with: realistic insight into the knowledge, skills and abilities that every fire chief must have to succeed; guidelines for long-term career preparation; an understanding of the job search and selection process; a fundamental plan for assuming command; an understanding of the importance of the chief's role as a politician, educator, salesperson and marketer to assure career success; guidance for spouses and families of those who seek to become The Chief; and, a reminder that the primary job of every fire chief is the safety of his or her personnel.
Chief Ron Graner's professional career in the fire service has spanned more than 40 years, starting as a high school volunteer in a small village fire department and rising to chief officer ranks in a large Class 1 city department. Chief Graner served as the career fire chief in one combination and two full career departments. He strongly believes that neither the structure of the department nor the receipt, or lack, of a paycheck should limit or define the need for professionalism in the fire service. He has degrees in business, fire science and fire service administration, plus extensive training and experience in all aspects of the fire service and emergency management. Currently a Public Safety Consultant and Peer Assessor for the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, he has written this book to share his knowledge and expertise.
Table of contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Credentials, philosophy and assumptions; Career preparation; Fire chief position available; The job search; Researching position openings; Application and selection; The job offer; Assuming command; The policy makers; Human resources and labor relations/unions; Politics; Standards of response coverage; outsourcing; Why can't we run government like a business?; Budgets and service delivery; Purchasing; Ethics; View from the fire chief's office; General management tools; Tools for improvement; Beyond suppression; Fire chief, lessons learned climbing the ladder review; Tools for your family and your personal values; The Golden Rule; Conclusion; Exercises, check lists and reminders; References; Index.