Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Has The Economy Affected My Department? You Bet.

Editor's Note: This post is part of a TKT Roundtable: Fire Grants in 2009. Share your thoughts in the comments and check back to hear more from The Kitchen Table bloggers.

It has, and I posted about it earlier on TKT, when we had to turn down grant money to hire additional firefighters because it was the responsible thing to do. Needless to say, that post got a few interesting comments. Not only that, we have already been told there will be no raises this year. That all being said, I thank God and anyone else with input that I still have a job, it's in a great community, I didn't get a pay or benefit CUT, and at this time it doesn't look like we'll lay anyone off either.

Times can change though, so don't sit back and rest on your laurels. Our organization continues to do whatever possible to reassure the taxpayers we are here to serve them, we continue to exercise a proactive and aggressive approach to everything from fire and EMS delivery to public education and code enforcement, as well as special operations. When budget time comes around, it's harder for people to push to cut your budget when they see the good things you do, rather than when they are hearing about you negatively on a regular basis.

And as long as there are people who resist change and fail to flex with the times as needed, there will remain a considerable amount of stress and anger. When changes occur, more often than not, there's a certain amount of pain involved. Get in front of it and direct it yourself, and you'll find that there are exciting and challenging ways to move forward and reinvent your service.
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