The Fire Chief's Toolbox

Ron Graner
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The Fire Chief's Toolbox

By Ron Graner, Chief (Ret.)

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
  • A reminder that the primary job of every fire chief is the safety of his or her personnel

As a future or current chief of any fire department, you will:

  • Benefit from the practical, straightforward and common sense advice
  • Discover the thought processes needed to meet the challenges that face every chief
  • Gain insight that will help your family cope with the stresses your job as fire chief will bring to their lives

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
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