Today's fire service organizations are very complex and dynamic. We must identify what we are doing, and why we are doing it. Strategic planning aids us in developing our future vision of what we want to be, where we want to go and why we want to do it. It provides the road map for your journey and allows us to check on our progress along the way. Without such a plan, we may find ourselves lost, traveling in a circle, without an idea as to how to straighten our course. Commission of Fire Accreditation International (1998).
In 1996, the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs & Trustee Gregg Cleveland formulated a Strategic Plan to help guide the actions of the organization's officers and Trustees. The plan is intended to be a dynamic document needing constant updating and revision, especially as critical issues come forward unexpectedly. The Plan should project into the future at least five (5) years.