Faculty Scholarship 1994 - Present

Managerial Responsibilities of the Contemporary Fire Chief

This study examined the managerial responsibilities of the contemporary fire chief, as perceived by position incumbents. The contemporary fire department has a mission-critical role within the jurisdiction it serves to ensure that its "first responders" are prepared to effectively, efficiently, and safely respond to and mitigate an enhanced array of types of emergency incidents. The fire chief is responsible for managing the department, both on and off the incident scene, in a manner that successfully and fully responds to the community needs. The focus of this study was on developing an understanding of how contemporary fire chiefs prioritize their managerial responsibilities and of the demographic and situational factors that influence this prioritization. The study was based on a survey of over 200 fire chiefs, and the findings of the study are expected to provide insights to those within the academic community whose research interest focuses on the broad topic of managerial responsibilities and to those with specific interest in fire department management and related public administration issues.