by Mark Wallace, Chief (Ret.), McKinney (TX) Fire Dept., Fire Marshal, State of Oregon
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.
He completed an Associates Degree in Fire Science Technology, Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s of Public Administration. He completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy. During his active fire service career, he received designations as a Chief Fire Officer by CSPE, a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers International by IFE, and a Certified Emergency Manager by the IAEM. (All of these designations have lapsed since his retirement.)
Chief Wallace is retired and living in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas with his wife Jackie Bromley and their two dogs, Loki and Shiner Bock.
This book (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. I have found over my 30 years of consulting with fire department’s that they want to accomplish their next iteration of their strategic plan as rapidly as possible.
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, and (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 book 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 accompanying Instructor’s Guide (new with the 3rd edition) is being designed for use in a 15-week semester course.