Greener Pastures

Crawford, Brian A.
August 2005
Fire Chief;Aug2005, Vol. 49 Issue 8, p66
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the issues which led firefighters to move on for better opportunities. There's nothing wrong with wanting to be successful and advancing one's career. However, one should make sure to consider his family, politics, labor unions and more before making the move. At some time in most careers, people go through a promotional process--usually several before retirement. In the fire service, this usually is restricted to the confines of one's own department. Promotional competitiveness in an organization is healthy, but it often results in not enough positions being available for some of those who feel they're ready for increased responsibility. As fire officers in unprecedented numbers become highly educated and trained, many look for opportunities to demonstrate their abilities, even if it means leaving their own department to do it.


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