The process of preparing a fiscal budget is not on the minds of most firefighters. Their expectation is that pot of money is always there and that the chief will find the funds to maintain and grow operations.
However, that is becoming more of a challenge for all jurisdictions.
Time seemed to go by quickly when employed by the fire service, but I can still recall the first day I walked into the fire station after completing the fire training college — as it was called back in the day — some 36 years ago.
As a probationary firefighter (known in my department as a "boot"), we were given many tasks that needed to be completed during a tour of duty.