I read this posting and feel the Fire Chiefs pain but understand the need for "higher education".
As I attempt every year to enroll in the Nebraska State Fire School to advance my certifications to afford myself the latest knowledge needed to stay up to date in my chosen field and find myself confronted with a wall of bureaucratic red tape and the unwillingness of the Fire School administrators to allow a dues paying member of their organization to attend the classes because I am not now on active duty with a department, I find myself preparing to enroll again in college to glean a Bachelors degree in Fire Science in order to meet the basic requirements to be a Lieutenant in the Fire Service.
I feel confident that a department Chief should do at least as much to retain his position of leadership not only for his own benefit but for everyone else under his command as they all indeed need his years of experience to guide them safely through their dangerous day to day duties. To just give up because the demands on his time and finances are heavy to my eyes is not the mark of a leader.
Surely every member in his department would be willing to pitch in and do what ever they could to ease this mans burden and help him continue being the guiding force that every true "team" of professionals needs.
Click on the link below and render your thoughts and hopefully words of support for this Department Chief who is facing a new day.. new rules and old timers challenge.
Also, if you are willing to contribute positive support for this man, send your thoughts via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org - attention Chief Oesterheld.
Brothers and Sisters of the Fire Service..... I thank you.