The first two What Firefighters Want surveys focused on fireground leadership and combatting the “perfect storm” of stress and staffing challenges. Despite the different topics, one of the key factors to emerge from both surveys was firefighters’ desire for strong fire department leadership – at all levels. As such, What Firefighters Want in 2024 will dig further into fire department leadership: What qualities highlight a supportive supervisor? What actions demonstrate an effective fire chief? We want to hear from you!
Note: Respondents should currently be active with a fire service agency to include career, volunteer, combination, and county/state/federal agencies in the United States or Canada. General references to “firefighter” include all ranks, from firefighter to fire chief.