Coffee Break Training: Fire Prevention and Public Education: Leading a Fire Prevention/Risk-Reduction Bureau [open pdf - 417KB]
"Being in command of a fire prevention/risk-reduction bureau or unit is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, positions in a fire department. It is also one of the most important positions in a fire department. This statement is true regardless if one is overseeing a large bureau, leading a small unit, or carrying out many responsibilities in a small organization. The position carries tremendous responsibility because the leader often has authority or coresponsibility with the chief of the department over a wide range of programs. While the job is sometimes reactionary in nature, it is mostly a proactive position that requires vision, leadership and mastery of a diverse set of skills. The ultimate job of the bureau leader is to ensure that risks in the community are addressed both efficiently and effectively. The bureau leader needs to have a professional skill set, so he or she is competent in the role of administrator, department senior staff member, mentor, politician, problem-solver and visionary."
Coffee Break Training - Fire Prevention and Public Education Series No. FM-2013-2
United States Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/