The Chief of Department - a position that many firefighters aspire to and others...well, let's just say they don't aspire to. Yet, when there's a vacancy at the top, someone must be brought onboard to "steer the ship!"
Just like in other businesses, those directed to find a new chief have two ways to choose from:
1. Hire someone already working or volunteering for the department, or
2. Open the position to candidates from outside the department.
Which one should we choose?
Our guest, retired Chief Phil Johnston, doesn't pretend to know which method will best suit your needs. However, what he does know is the pros and cons of both methods.
Additionally, he provides both types of candidates with many of the tools and hints that each candidate should consider to provide them with the best chances in their efforts.