Modifying the Plan

It will be very important to consistently monitor the progress and effectiveness of the strategies you have employed within your plan. You must be ready to modify your plan, even discontinue a strategy, and consider other options if the strategies have not had an effect on the risk problem. This must be an honest evaluation to identify trends—either positive or negative.

If changes appear necessary, and different strategies are considered, consensus among the planning group should be obtained. When backed by data and an honest analysis, a change in course can minimize wasting time and resources. Changes in the program should be shared with both the members of the fire department and the public. A willingness to admit that a strategy is not working tends to indicate credibility in the eyes of the public.