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5 Successful Strategies to Partner with Your Community

September 23, 2014
Written by James McLaughlin, education coordinator, Fire & Emergency Management Outreach Team at American Public University System

One of the few times the community interacts with its fire department, other than during an emergency situation, is at city or town council meetings during budget season. The topics of such meetings range from requests for equipment and apparatus purchases to discussions of code enforcement issues and complaints.

While these meetings often deliver important information to the community, the level of transparency remains limited to certain city officials and the few community members in attendance. Such public meetings do not enable a department to reach the majority of residents, therefore, it is imperative leaders of the fire service work to be more visible on a daily basis as a true partner with the community.

Read the entire article at FireRescue1.

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