Fire Department Strategic Planning: Creating Future Excellence, 3rd Ed.


by Mark Wallace, Chief (Ret.), McKinney (TX) Fire Dept., Fire Marshal, State of Oregon

Fire Department Strategic Planning: Creating Future Excellence, 3rd Edition is designed to be effective as a manual to develop an individual fire department’s strategic plan as well as a textbook for use in upper division college/university courses or as a text for post-graduate courses.

The first edition was published in 1998 and the second edition in 2006. Chief Wallace worked with individual fire departments and served as an instructor and facilitator and numerous conferences and seminars throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Australia and New Zealand over the course of his career.

Fire Department Strategic Planning: Creating Future Excellence, 3rd Edition  is a book about organized common sense in the fire service.

Section One of the 3rd edition provides support to fire departments that already have a strategic plan and just need to update and revise their existing plan.

Section Two of the book provides a detailed “How-to” guide to help a fire department create its first strategic plan.

Section Two is divided into four parts:

  1. Understanding the Department,
  2. Understanding the Situation,
  3. Understanding the Strategic Issues Facing the Department,
  4. Creating Organizational Change.

A new chapter (Chapter 20) provides assistance to those departments having challenges with their strategic plan and obtaining the desired outcomes/results. It adds a new troubleshooting process for those departments having challenges to creating an effective and successful strategic plan.

The accompanying Instructor’s Guide (new with the 3rd edition) is being designed for use in a 15-week semester course.


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