The fire service is asked to provide great service on every incident. To do this requires talented people, ongoing training, leadership, and the right tools for the job.
All of these must be in alignment to deliver on the promise of the best possible service after each and every request. While a breakdown in any does not necessarily mean failure, it does mean that a department will not meet the optimum goal. To put it another way, if you want to have a championship team, you need talent to start, coaching and practice, and the latest equipment. How successful would a team be playing with sports equipment that it had been using for 20 years? What would the results be if the equipment were not maintained to the highest standard? I am sure the team would not be competing for championships and most likely would not even be close.