DR. HARRY R. CARTER, Ph.D., CFO, MIFireE, is a Firehouse contributing editor. A municipal fire protection consultant based in Adelphia, NJ, he is the former president ot the International Society of Fire Service Instructors. Dr. Carter is a past chief and active life member of the Adelphia Fire Company. Currently chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners for Howell Township District 2, he retired from the Newark, NJ, Fire Department in 1999 as a battalion commander.
COMMAND POST >>> By HARRY R. CARTER, Ph.D., MIFireE Money and Its Impact On Fire Service Training Operations Fiscal Issues Involved in Preparing a Training Budget A n important part of every fire department. If you do not know what it is ers, school principals, store managers and officer’s responsibilities involves you are supposed to do, it will be hard to landlords of your municipality, county teaching and training people to develop a training program to meet those or fire protection district. Once you have do their jobs properly. This is a difficult unidentified, nebulous intentions that you determined what the hazards are, you will and challenging job, but one that ulti- think you have. If you cannot spell out what be better prepared to create a training pro- mately is rewarding. Success requires an you wish to do, I would fur- gram that meets the actual, intimate familiarity with the communi- cations skills you need to get your points ther suggest that you would be unable to create a price Preparing a identified needs in your community. across to the students. However, nothing is ever as easy as it seems. tag for that unidentified range of tasks. training budget Creating a training pro- gram is not easy. Many levels Everything we do in the fire and emer- The fire department is of need must be addressed, gency services involves money, or the lack one part of the emergency involves some internal and some ex- of it. Look at the problems that fire depart- services puzzle in your ternal. In the first instance, ments face because government lacks ad- community. To create an deciding what you must develop a list of equate funds. In more and more instances, understanding of what you the mandatory training fire instructors are being brought into the budgetary process and asked to justify are going to do, you must know where you fit. Your you want to programs to be delivered. Every state will have certain their needs. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but I do not want you to be caught town has things in common with all other communities. accomplish and subjects that require annual training. Investigate the unaware at a critical time. I want you to be Your town may also have mandatory requireme
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