EXTRA, EXTRA/Replacing volunteer fire departments
Many fire departments that traditionally have been staffed by volunteers are changing to include a mix of full-time paid employees and volunteers or entirely paid staffs. Departments that have successfully managed the transition offer their recommendations in a new report from the Fairfax, Va.-based International Association of Fire Chiefs Volunteer and Combination Officers Section. “Lighting the Path of Evolution, Leading the Transition in Volunteer and Combination Fire Departments” covers the need for organizational change, the role of strategic planning and includes tips for how to design a combination system. Several forms and checklists are included. To download the 44-page document in PDF format, visit www.vcos.org or www.iafc.org.