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Fire Department Cooperative Efforts Strategies

There is an increased interest regarding cooperative, or shared, service delivery options for fire and EMS agencies. Although often thought of only as “merger” approaches, cooperative efforts actually come in multiple forms. They may be as simple as enhanced mutual and automatic aid practices, or they may involve a myriad of shared functional strategies like collaborative fire prevention and training programs, common standard operating guidelines, or joint apparatus and equipment purchasing, to name a few.…

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Benchmarking for Improvement: ISO and ESCI Team Up

How do you demonstrate to the people and community you serve that you’re doing a good job? Do you have a clear, definitive method to show you provide quality service with the resources you have? What data points are appropriate for a true peer review and accurate comparison of your service delivery? Many fire departments have conducted benchmarking studies for years, but when you review the comparisons, the data points are often measured differently among…

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Succession Planning for Fire and Rescue Organizations

Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCI), the consulting arm of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, is excited to offer Succession Management Programs to Fire and EMS Organizations   One of the principal issues that hinders the full potential of any organization is the lack of fully qualified and developed personnel to fill key positions that open each year through employee attrition. The best way to prepare the organization for these openings, as well as ensure success of those that will continue in…

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