By Anthony E. Neville, Howard D. Tipton, Richard E. Bland
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This is to prevent discrimination against minorities in hiring. It is our observation that many fire departments have quite some distance to go to fulfill this need. ” Too few tests, on the other hand, relate to the skills a firefighter needs. Only recently, in fact, have any attempts been made to correlate entrance examination scores, fire school scores, and on-the-job performance. What Can Be Done? What we have said thus far about manpower considerations in the fire services suggests several areas of research that need to be pursued.
36 FIRE SERVICE PERSONNEL In all these areas of research, a very useful method is to compare the performance of fire departments using different strategies in attacking the problem under study, and then to isolate the factor that makes the difference in perfomance. This means that fire departments under study must keep adequate records of their performance. Impact must be considered. In evaluating the relative importance of a particular fire hazard, for example, it is not enough to record the number of inspections made (input) and then the frequency with which the unsafe practice occurs (output).
But fire departments could profit from competition for certain leadership positions from outside fire departments. They need qualified planners whose expertise lies in fire protection engineering, operations research, and systems studies rather than firefighting. This is especially true in larger departments where, further, specialists in budgeting, personnel, and community relations need not be firefighters. The experience of other kinds of organizations, moreover, shows that thinking can be- come stale and practices inbred when no outside entry is permitted.
America Burning: The Report of the National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control by Anthony E. Neville, Howard D. Tipton, Richard E. Bland