With the fire service facing a staffing crisis, there is perhaps no more appropriate time to ask the simple question, “What do firefighters want?”
Of course, this question can be interpreted in countless ways, but for this – FireRescue1’s inaugural state-of-the-industry survey – we chose to focus on fireground leadership.
The good news: The state of fireground leadership is strong, with most of the nearly 2,500 respondents reporting generally positive views of their fireground experiences. And while there is clearly room for improvement in some supervision- and command-related areas, we do have the tools to improve. This special series is one such tool to help glean critical information about what firefighters want from this career.
Thank you to the IAFC for its promotional support and the International Public Safety Data Institute for its data analysis support.
Header image courtesy Jason Coleman-Cobb.