You own an oil company. Your drilling crews are top-notch. And they have been drilling and drilling… every shift, their work ethic and skill are unquestionable. But no oil. You upgrade the equipment and add more crews. You increase their training. After several years of drilling every day and getting no oil out of it, you hire someone to assess the situation. Their findings were that the crews are highly skilled, but they weren’t being sent to drill in the right places, and they needed to be drilling 50 ft deeper than what your crews have “always done”.
Imagine if you had arranged that assessment a lot sooner. Not only would you have saved the company from wasting a lot of time & money, but your drilling crew would have been more successful much sooner, too.
Public Education can be like that drilling crew… if they are looking for solutions in the wrong places, not using data-based strategies or perhaps their methodologies fall into the “way we’ve always done it” category.
GOOD NEWS: Pub Ed can be a solution to some budgetary problems (in addition to all the obvious benefits of Pub Ed, like saving lives).
Fire Chiefs: be the hero at budget time
It’s a waste if it’s not effective
But we did a Master Plan…
Don’t fret, unions
Fires will always happen. It’s human nature to do stupid things, therefore response times and proper suppression staffing will always be a legitimate concern. Plus, effective Pub Ed helps keep your firefighters healthier, longer.