"This applied research project sought to explore what strategic planning is and what models are available for implementation. The problem is the Stony Hill Rural Fire Department does not have an instrument to manage organizational change and is consistently faced with reactive adaptation to an ever-changing environment. The purpose of this research is to identify elements of a strategic plan for the Stony Hill Rural Fire Department to evaluate for implementation. This descriptive research was accomplished through a comprehensive literature review to answer the following research questions: 1. What is strategic planning? 2. What strategic planning processes or models are most effective and why? 3. What is the most appropriate strategic planning model for the Stony Hill Rural Fire Department? The literature review consisted of a review of journals, existing strategic plans, web based content, books and applied research projects related to the topic of strategic planning. In the literature review, the researcher found relative examples of strategic planning models, recommended formats and methodology for proper development and implementation. The research recommended that the Stony Hill Rural Fire Department select and implement an appropriate yet sustainable strategic planning process to manage organizational change."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/