The governing body will thoroughly vet your requests as to what you need versus what you want. In many cases, your department is view as merely a line item or a small portion of the entire budget. In many cases, your requests are checked, analyzed and scoped by staff members who have no knowledge of emergency service. Lets face it, in the modern budget process, funds are tight and the goal is to provide a level service at the lowest price. The fire department's goal is to show value on the dollars spent. Understanding revenue sources,( both anticipated and unanticipated) , grants, impact fees and tax points will help you attain your goal.
To understand the need to interact, educate and effectually debate with the governing body.To efficiently maximize your time with the governing body to get your position across.
To create a simple but complete analysis on how a budget process works. More specifically, how you will be injecting your project proposal into this process.
To get a basic idea on how risk/ benefit, needs and cost analysis play a large role in getting projects approved.
To understand how both internal and external stakeholders play a major role in supporting projects in the fire service.
To understand that " no doesn't always mean no". Getting the student to create contingency planning for projects that may not get initial approval.