J. Scott Thompson
Performing the work of a firefighter is extremely dangerous. The mental and physical threats associated with delivering fire suppression, rescue, and emergency medical services must be taken seriously. Serious consideration should be given to duties required of a firefighter before choosing a paid or volunteer career in this profession.
All fire departments share a basic common mission: to save lives and protect property. What's interesting is how individual fire departments go about fulfilling that mission. The manner in which fire, rescue, EMS are delivered is quite diverse and often unique.
Fire departments with the greatest ratio of functional fire companies to nonfunctional fire companies are the departments that develop and achieve internal standards for excellence. Implementing internal standards and then leading the organization to meet those standards is an indicator of excellence. These departments decide what is best for their community, then develop standards to meet those needs based on their capabilities and limitations.
Chief Thompson has provided a deep resource for all ranks, from creating culture to setting up training structure, combining his decades of experience and years of observation with today’s leadership skills and providing a path for the successful fire department to follow.