Reluctant Chief Officer Promotions   [open pdf - 521KB]

"The problem facing the Tucson Fire Department was a reluctance for 'Certified,' eligible Captains to apply and test for the position of Battalion Chief. The term 'Certified' means that the Captain had successfully completed an 88 hour Chief Officer Certification course. While the number of eligible Captains was large, those choosing to apply for the exam was small. As a result, this had caused serious concern that the department would not be providing leadership for the future. The purpose of the research project was to determine the cause of a diminished 'n' factor and find possible solutions. The project utilized an evaluative research method and asked the following research questions: 1) What factors contribute to Captains' reluctance to apply and test for Battalion Chief? 2) Is this problem specific to the fire service or does it occur in the military or private sector as well? 3) Does the potential for an 8 hour staff assignment deter candidates? 4) Does monetary compensation have a significant impact? A literature review was completed to gain an historical perspective both in the fire service and the military on career transitions. The author discovered that in the military, all of those eligible for promotion are considered. They have no choice! A survey instrument was sent to the 31 eligible Tucson Fire Department Captains who had not applied for the upcoming Battalion Chief's exam."

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