The Need for Effective Leadership Training Programs in Maine’s Volunteer Fire Services

Daniel Philbrick


This study focuses on the need for effective leadership in a rural all-volunteer fire department. The need for effective leadership is critical with today’s volunteer service organizations. This study surveyed the viewpoints of current members of volunteer fire organizations in Maine. The results of this study demonstrate a need for effective leadership training for chiefs of all-volunteer departments. The responses and data gathered are intended to serve as the basis for further study to initiate leadership training for leaders of all-volunteer fire departments. A majority of respondents felt mandatory leadership training should be required for anyone assuming the position of chief and would support any such training program. While the majority of respondents felt their current chief was an effective leader, the study recommends several possible future directions to explore this subject further.