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By James McLaughlin

When I joined the fire service at the age of 21, I had two goals. My first goal was to provide at least 30 years of quality service. My second goal was to pursue training and education opportunities and seek to rise in the ranks within the department.

By Leischen Stelter

Deputy Chief Steve Prziborowski with the Santa Clara County, Calif. Fire Department knew early in his career that he wanted to become a chief officer.But he was also very realistic about what it would take to achieve that dream. Prziborowski knew it would be a life-long journey to get the education and training he would need to work his way up the ranks.

Fire services are still suffering from the down economy, but there were a few glimmers of improvement discussed during the Congressional Fire Services Institute’s Annual National Fire & Emergency Services Dinner & Seminars on April 25. During a session titled, “Responding to the Call During the Economic Downturn,” Chief Mark Light from the International Association of Fire Chiefs reported that business was better for many of its corporate partners.