As I reflect on my work days and all the things I needed to do, I realize that managing logistical support was one of my most important tasks. Why? It speaks to the state of operational readiness. Our firefighters depend on their equipment to be as ready as they are when they are called upon. We, as chiefs, need to provide the best equipment possible if we expect firefighters to do a dangerous job.
Michael Durant, the pilot who survived in Blackhawk Down, said it best. Speaking at a graduation ceremony in Colorado, Durant said, “Never ask someone to do a dangerous job without full support for the mission.” Firefighters need that support.