… Not your fire trucks, fire houses, not your service. It’s your people. Often we forget this.

Photo by Artie Werkle.

Sure, you may know tactics and be a master of moving a hose line or venting a roof. And maybe you can recite your entire medical protocols or never miss an IV, but ultimately it’s about the people and the people that work with you who carry the impact of your leadership . It is your people and your leadership that matters; not your trucks or your houses.

The challenge presents itself equally to both large and small fire departments, to the career organization to the local volunteers. The best fire departments have the best people working inside of them, making them tick, creatively keeping them moving forward, together.

Your responsibility as a leader is not to lose this valuable perspective as you promote and move up through the organization. It doesn’t matter if you’re the company officer managing three people or the chief officer leading 50 as the battle is still the same. Do you treat each person well and do they believe that you have their best interest in mind? Do they feel respected and an important member of your team? I hope so.

How about you and your company and/or fire department? Have you forgotten what your fire department is really about?

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