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The fire department management topic focuses on fire service leadership, from the high-level management issues facing fire chiefs to the administrative functions and budget issues that impact day-to-day operations. Learn how volunteer leaders can serve their members during difficult times, tips for managing staffing issues, how managers can provide effective discipline, advice for managing conflict with partner agencies, and more. And don’t forget to check out the Side Alpha on FireRescue1 podcast, putting fire service leaders in front of the hot topics of the day.

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Sometimes we simply need to be real and lead with a heightened focus on our mission
Survey respondents share their experiences with staffing stressors
To expand our perspective, we must look outside our insular ideas and accept that we may not have all the answers
Effective recruitment will look different for each agency, but the basics are the same and critical to get right
Firefighters feel generally positive about the job, but they report high stress, and many have considered leaving their organization
How officers mitigate these stressors for the benefit of themselves, their crew and the department as a whole
Your system should build the confidence of all your firefighters and administrative employees – and minimize manual work
FireWorks is not one-size-fits-all; it’s all about adaptability and customization for its customers
Identifying the top challenges facing new leaders, plus key guidance to help them succeed as they navigate new responsibilities
Tips for company officers to simplify their approach to leadership and lean into what matters most – the people
Well-crafted fire policies are in the best interest of your department and will help reduce risks to the organization and its members
The uncertainty of complex problems requires flexibility when crafting responses
There is no substitute for high-context communications and training that occurs between two people, engaging privately, face-to-face
If we use language that excludes others, that is a choice – and there is a message in that, whether it is intended or not
The more we get jammed up, the more we lose organizational trust, public trust ... and insurance coverage