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AN INVESTIGATION INTO HUMAN RESOURCE PLANNING IN THE TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO FIRE SERVICE: (TTFS) CONCENTRATION ON THE CRITICAL FACTORS IN SUCCESSION PLANNING

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IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE
MA.IN MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME

M.70 CBS RESEARCH METHODS

31 JULY, 2007

Table of Contents

Page Background1
Literature Review4
Role of Theory6
Research Questions and Objectives9
Methodology and Methods of Enquiry9
Resources and Access required15
Ethical Considerations15
References16

List of Figures
1 Organizational Chart2
2 Research Design Diagram14
Appendices
1 Establishment-Uniformed Personnel19
2 Ranks to be involved data collection process20
3 Cover Letter and Sample Questionnaire21
4 Gantt Chart-Time Scale for Research Project29
5 List of Acronyms30

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COVENTRY UNIVERSITY M70 CBS RESEARCH PROPOSAL

TITLE

AN INVESTIGATION INTO HUMAN RESOURCE PLANNING IN THE TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO FIRE SERVICE: CONCENTRATION ON THE CRITICAL FACTORS IN SUCCESSION PLANNING

BACKGROUND

The Trinidad & Tobago Fire Service (TTFS) is fifty-six years old, having been separated from the Police Force in 1951. The organizational chart of the TTFS has remained a pyramidical paramilitary structure. This chart governs the span of control, and the reporting relationships that link the people, tasks and functions at every level of the organization (Figure1). According to Act No. 10 of 1997, Section 3A of the Fire Service Act Chap: 35:50 as amended, the purposes of the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service are: • To save and protect life or property from damage or destruction by fire or other hazards, whether fire related or not. • To provide and advise upon preventive measures against the occurrence of such damage or destruction. • To render related humanitarian services where required, and to conduct investigations in order to ascertain the cause or origins of a fire or other hazard requiring the services of the Fire Service. [pic]

In 2003, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago stated: that its long-term Development Policy objective is to…be a fully developed nation...in every sense by 2020...this policy position is commonly called “Vision 2020”. Vision 2020 therefore envisages a balanced, nimble adaptable, flexible and multipurpose National Defense Framework, which is sufficiently robust and capable, as mandated, to conduct its operations in defense of the national interest, National Security and Public Safety Sub-Committee, (2005:4) Accordingly, the government aims to cultivate in the Trinidad & Tobago Public a culture that is responsive to the need for disaster preparedness and serviced by an efficient response system’, National Security and Public Safety Sub-Committee, (2005, p.16). Thus it is envisaged that ‘at least 90% of the public will be fully knowledgeable about public safety…reducing the unnecessary loss of life and property due to the impact of natural or man-made hazards…creating safer communities through planning, design, maintenance, and code enforcement by the year 2020, National Security and Public Safety Sub-Committee, (2005:16). It is to be noted that this latter part of the government’s vision is in concert with one of the purposes of the TTFS as enunciated in the Fire Service Act Chap: 35:50 as amended. The purpose of this research is to investigate the critical factors that must be taken into account so that the TTFS’s work plan and Human resource policies are in concert with the government’s vision of developed nation status by the year 2020. In 2006 three of the five members of the executive of the TTFS exited the service through compulsory retirement. Based on the ages of the successors...
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