FEDERAL FIRE COUNCIL MINUTES OF MEETING, NOVEMBER 6, 1963: STAFF PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AS RELATED TO FIRE SAFETY. THE COUNCIL'S FIRE SAFETY REFERENCE LIBRARY.
FEDERAL FIRE COUNCIL WASHINGTON D C
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The purpose of the meeting was to discuss program management and the Councils library operations. Mr. Tom Creswell, Safety Officer for the Federal Aviation Agency, pointed out the problems that exist with staff programs--and ways of overcoming these weak points. He said that most staff groups probably grew from a lack of knowledge, or a lack of practical application of good recognized theories, on the part of line management or the operating people. Staff groups are responsible for building a system in which operating personnel must, and can, work efficiently and economically in accomplishing the organizations mission. The basic objective for the fire safety function was stated as evaluating the system in which operating people are working to identify weaknesses in the system and to call these weaknesses to the attention of the appropriate functional manager so that HE can take corrective action. Dick Bright, Assistant Staff Director Federal Fire Council explained the need, history, and present operations of the Councils fire safety reference library. He pointed out that fire safety features are scattered throughout a mountain of reports and articles, and,therefore, there is no fire safety reference library capable of performing all the vital indexing, abstracting, and retrieval services needed.