Chief Concerns

The future continues to promise optimism but only to those who embrace the challenges being presented. While generalizations for fire departments can be made, each fire department should look to the future and anticipate the major issues that are likely to change the way they do business.

From miles driven to equipment carried, ambulances offer different challenges than fire apparatus. When considering purchases and maintenance, take a slightly different approach than you would with typical traditional fire apparatus.

Taking away personnel because of technology is rarely the best option. The fire service remains a labor-intensive business and will most likely continue that way for a long time. If you want to do the best you can, you need hands to do much of the work.

Today’s firefighting environment is very complex and continually in flux. Building construction is changing, mostly to the detriment of firefighters, and the contents that are burning are creating more hazardous conditions.