By Anthony E. Neville, Howard D. Tipton, Richard E. Bland
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Womanpower. When a small Florida community organized a volunteer fire department several years ago, it faced the classic problem: The 15 male members were not available during the daytime. The solution : Nine wives took over the daytime obligations. ” In a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, wives are similarly organized as a daytime rescue squad. Fire departments that face physically strenuous tasks day in and day out will understandably be reluctant to hire women as firefighters. But reluctance to hire women for less taxing duties, such as dispatching, ambulance-driving, and inspecting buildings, is harder to defend and, indeed, is likely to be challenged legally with increasing frequency in coming years.
But effectiveness can also be improved through sharing of day-to-day opera- Master Planning for fire protection requires consideration of a community’s future pattern of growth and its likely needs. 28 PLANNING FOR FIRE PROTECTION In Chapter 3 we proposed that each local fire jurisdiction in the Nation develop a master plan for fire protection. The master plan, we pointed out, should set goals and priorities for the fire services, designed to meet the changing needs of the community. It should seek to allocate resources for the maximum payoff in fire protection, and it should provide for a data system for continual monitoring of cost-effectiveness.
What kinds of hazards are most important to eliminate? How can fire department inspections and educational programs be made most effective? 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.