Conducting a Values Audit to Develop a Mission Statement in a Department of Energy Fire Department [open pdf - 250KB]
"This study researched the impact of rapidly occurring change within a Department of Energy (DOE) contractor fire service. The purpose of this study was to determine what a new mission statement for Fire Department Operations should be. The research method used in the study was the descriptive method using a survey to gather data regarding department values in order to address the following research questions: (1) What were the personal values of the members of the department? (2) What fire department duties did the members value the most? (3) What were the positive reflections of ETTP FDO [East Tennessee Technology Park Fire Department Operations] members? (4) What were the needed changes in the department? A survey instrument was presented to 19 fire service members in order to collect the needed data. Results rated a standardized list of personal values, rated a list of fire department duty values, categorized positive reflections, and compiled a list of recommended changes. The data was sorted and analyzed for incorporation into the Strategic Planning for ETTP FDO by helping align the organization values with member's personal values. Recommendations included incorporation of the values audit into the mission statement development, continuation of the strategic planning process and improving communications to keep workers apprised of mission statement development."
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