How to Build a Fire House Home: Lessons in Personnel Management

Dorrance Publishing
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The purpose of this writing is to help personnel managers
solve problems. It is meant to help those who need and seek help in the field
of Personnel Management. Anyone who supervises or manages people in any
environment should find something here that will aid them in doing their job
better, more efficiently, and with greater success.

The original Benjamin Franklin started the Fire Service as a
simple organization of volunteers with the goal of saving lives and
property.  What is written here is
designed to build on that foundation and aid you in managing the complexities
of the modern Fire Service.

In 1733 Ben Franklin was asking that his city fight fires
the way the bigger cities like Philadelphia do:

"Soon after it [a fire] is seen and cry'd out, the
Place is crowded by active Men of different Ages, Professions and Titles who,
as of one Mind and Rank, apply themselves with all Vigilance and Resolution,
according to their Abilities, to the hard Work of conquering the increasing

Under Franklin's goading, a group of thirty men came
together to form the Union Fire Company on December 7, 1736.

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Ben Franklin is a “pen name.” The author of this book, Ben Franklin, has been in the fire service nearly thirty years.  Much of that time was as a chief, chief officer, or training officer.  He served on various boards and committees.  He worked as a First Responder, EMT, IEMT and Paramedic. He still works as a fire fighter Paramedic and will retire soon with the department he has been working with for many years. 

Over the years, Ben Franklin gained much experience in business and in solving problems faced by personnel managers.  What you find here will empower YOU to be a better manager, team member, public servant, or anything else that involves dealing with people. 

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Printer and publisher, author and educator, scientist and inventor, statesman and philanthropist, Benjamin Franklin was the very embodiment of the American type of self-made man. In 1771, at the age of 65, he sat down to write his autobiography, "having emerged from the poverty and obscurity in which I was born and bred to a state of affluence and some degree of reputation in the world, and having gone so far through life with a considerable share of felicity." The result is a classic of American literature.

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Essay contributors: Richard R. Beeman, Paul Guyer, Michael Weisberg, and Michael Zuckerman.

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