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The 100 Day Plan: Succeeding as a new Fire Chief

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Your first 100 days as fire chief are a critical time to make a positive impression and to lay a meaningful foundation for the future.  Having a 100-day plan before you take over is the first step to being successful.

Fire Chiefs John Butler, Fairfax County (Virginia) and Al Yancey, Jr., Minooka (Illinois) Fire Protection District share their personal experiences and resources available to help for new chiefs successfully navigate the first 100 days.  Topics to be addressed:

  • Identifying and aligning political, administrative and operational expectations
  • Making sure your first impression is a foundational building block for the future
  • Laying the ground work for a sustainable and enhanced vision for the organization
  • Understanding the acceleration of change and ensuring things can be absorbed
  • Dealing with cultural challenges within the organization

Chief Yancey also previews, You're the Fire Chief; Now What? -- Guidance for New & Interim Chiefsa new guide for new chiefs taking the reins of an entire organization which approaches the transition in a format of incident command and the first-100-days method. 

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