"The problem was that the Prince William County Fire and Rescue did not have a formal mentoring program in place for those eligible for or had succeeded in promotional opportunities. The purpose of this research was to determine if the establishment of a mentoring program for the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue (DFR) could be used as a personnel and leadership development tool to improve the quality of DFR personnel that will participate or have participated in departmental promotional opportunities. Procedures for this research project included the use of a literature review consisting of available material found in published and unpublished periodicals, text books, and research papers containing information about mentoring. Descriptive research methods were applied to answer the following research questions: 1. What does a mentoring program consist of? 2. How do the members of the DFR view mentorship programs? 3. How have other organizations used mentorship in the development of leadership qualities? 4. Are there any available recognized standards for fire service mentoring programs? 5. What should be included in a mentorship program policy or procedure for the DFR? The results of the research indicated that the establishment of a mentoring program would assist in the development of DFR employees and that the DFR should develop a formal mentoring program based upon successful programs currently in use by other fire/rescue organizations of similar size and culture of the DFR and that such a program could be used to improve the quality of personnel participating in department's promotional opportunities."
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