Essay on Managing the Fire Service

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"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." - Benjamin Franklin Various organizations fail to plan and which in most cases causes unnecessary stress on the entire organization. In order to be successful an organizations must set organizational controls. Organizational controls assist managers in their daily operations. Furthermore, Fire Chiefs must understand the essentials of organizational control. Jones & George (2011) suggested, “It helps managers obtain superior efficiency, quality, responsiveness to customers, and innovation-the four building blocks of competitive advantage.” (p. 261) In regards to superior efficiency, the Fire Chief and management staff must evaluate the organization as a whole. In other words,…show more content…
Another tool that managers must implement are realistic goals such as establishing a mission statement. Recently, the author of this work has been promoted to Fire Chief. As the Fire Chief, the goals and management of the department will utilize the concepts from Essentials of Contemporary Management (Jones & George, 2011) The Fire Chief is responsible for creating the mission statement. According to Jones & George, “Mission Statement- Abroad declaration of an organization’s purpose that identifies the organizations products and customers and distinguishes the organization from its competitors.” (2011, p.485). Thus, the mission established for this particular fire department is “Setting the standard for the future.” In essence, the department is in its first year of existence and the standard set with in this first year will have a lasting affect.

Every year a Fire Chief and his/her staff must set the goals and objectives for the New Year. In addition, the staff and Fire Chief will communicate in a forum of brainstorming. The concept of brainstorming allows the communication process to flow. In which provides a clear plan for the New Year. During this session, a number of topics are discussed for managing the organization. Topics discussed will include budget, staffing, labor relations, new requirements, and reviewing/evaluating the prior year
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