RescueDigest Resources: The Steps to Succession Planning for Emergency Services

RescueDigest’s Top Picks of essential resources for critical topics in emergency services.

Succession Planning is crucial for the success and survival of your organization.
Are you taking the correct steps?

Identifying and preparing the next generation of leaders for your department is a critical responsibility. What will happen to all of the hard work you’ve put into your organization when it comes time for you to leave? Who will take your organization to the next level? Will they be ready to face the challenges that await them? Will they know how? Training your replacement takes work. Making a plan, finding a candidate, helping them develop, and handing off the reins isn’t just a good strategy; it is the only choice for your organization to survive. It can take time, money, and work and may seem counterintuitive to train people for a job they aren’t currently doing, but the “Train Your Replacement” mindset and the four steps it requires will help your organization get ready for the next set of challenges. This intensively participative workshop helps attendees evaluate their organization and themselves with the goal of “deepening the bench” of future emergency services leaders.

How you can use these resources: RescueDigest curates great research and resources during the development of our articles and educational programs. Since our mission is to “Help You Help Others,” we present the best of these resources for you to explore, share, and use in your own agency. These resources for social media and mobile technology used by emergency services are by no means comprehensive. We’re providing them here for you as a jumping-off point. If you’d like more information about individual services, you can contact the agencies or vendors directly.

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About romduck

Rom Duckworth is a dedicated emergency responder, author, and educator with more than thirty years of experience working in career and volunteer fire departments, hospital healthcare systems, and private emergency medical services. Rom is a career fire captain and paramedic EMS Coordinator for the Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department and director of the New England Center for Rescue and Emergency Medicine. Rom holds a master’s degree in public administration, is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program, and is the recipient of the NAEMT Presidential Award, American Red Cross Hero Award, Sepsis Alliance Sepsis Hero Award, and the EMS 10 Innovators Award. Rom is the author of "Duckworth on Education," as well as chapters in more than a dozen EMS, fire, rescue, and medical textbooks and over 100 published articles in fire and EMS magazines. A member of the NAEMT Board of Directors, as well as other national and international advocacy and advisory boards, Rom continues to work for the advancement of emergency services professions. Contact Rom via