Texas Fire Chief - Fall/Winter 2012 - (Page 7)

President’s Message G The fire chief’s position is vital to maintaining a strong and healthy organization. We are committed to maintain and strengthen the Texas Fire Chiefs Academy. reetings from West Texas! As many of us are finalizing budgets for the coming year, we are reminded of what is most important in our organizations. When budgets are tight, we end up focusing on those programs that are vital to continuing our service delivery and maintaining safety for our members. Your Texas Fire Chiefs Association is doing the exact same exercise as we plan our next year. I will explain some of that direction. The Texas Fire Chiefs Academy is in its sixth year and has nearly 200 alumni. This program has been lauded by fire chiefs as “the one thing I wish I had available to me before I took the job.” As Lenny Perez said to me recently, “This academy would have kept me from going grey so soon.” We strongly believe that we are offering solid, usable information and education through this program. This is one of the reasons we raised it up as ONE of many potential sources for a Head of Department credentialing prerequisite. The fire chief’s position is vital to maintaining a strong and healthy organization. We are committed to maintain and strengthen the Texas Fire Chiefs Academy as the go-to educational offering for preparing the next/current fire chief for the job. The Best Practices Recognition Program is nearing completion and will soon be available for review and application. The Best Practices Committee has spent many months working on this program and I firmly believe this will soon be a benchmark offering just as the Texas Fire Chiefs Academy is a benchmark for developing future leaders. We are finalizing the program with administrative details and are committed to bring this project forward in our coming budget year. A Leadership Symposium is being offered for Chief Officers and Local Association Officers to foster good leadership philosophies between the two groups. This program is in response to requests to develop an offering to a broader level executive leadership. Some of the requests included ways to develop the local associations’ leaders along with the chief officers in a concurrent format. These types of symposiums are not new to our profession but are new to the membership of TFCA. We have listened to the requests and agree that this type of program will move our profession forward as we build strong relationships and shared visions. We are still looking at social media sources for information dissemination and have not settled on a format as of yet. This will be a rising priority in our next budget as we look for ways to improve communications and engage more of our membership. We reestablished our Safety Committee this past year and it has risen as a strong voice for our profession in safety. Chief Danny Kistner, McKinney, is leading this committee and we will continue to support their efforts as one of the priorities in our association. I look forward to this coming budget year as we focus on those programs that are most important to each of you, our members. Stay Safe, Robert Isbell TEXAS FIRE CHIEF Fall/Winter 2012 7 http://www.texasfirechiefs.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Texas Fire Chief - Fall/Winter 2012

2012 TFCA Executive Board
President’s Message
Montgomery County Fire Service Radio Analysis
Utilizing an Alternative Response Vehicle
Making a Difference
Form Follows Function in Firehouse Design Site Selection
Texas Fire Chiefs Academy - Austin
Region Map
Membership Form
Index of Advertisers

Texas Fire Chief - Fall/Winter 2012