The NFPA estimates that today there are slightly less than 30,000 fire departments and approximately 1.2 million firefighters in the United States. That means fire chiefs are currently preparing 30,000 budgets for approval of their 2018 estimated expenditures. In some cases, this can be the most stressful time for a chief, and reminds me that I’ve had some interesting discussions throughout the years regarding budgets, revenue and their impact on economic development. Read More...