"The problem was that all Santa Rosa Fire Department (SRFD) chief officers will retire by 2012, thus leading to the possibility of discontinuity of the department's mission. The purpose of this research was to identify ways to increase the pool of chief officer candidates within SRFD. Through descriptive research, chief officer standards and guidelines were identified, other fire departments were surveyed about this issue, and essential components SRFD should consider were identified, along with the internal promotional interest of company officers. The research was accomplished through literature review and surveys. The results showed the importance of developing a chief officer employee development program. Recommendations included the design, implementation and evaluation process for a chief officer's employee development program."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/