Becoming a Company Officer: It's Not Just a Badge

By Stephen E. MorrisMany firefighters test for promotion with the idea of obtaining a gold badge and all the leadership skills that come with the responsibility of being a company officer. The gold badge does come with authority, but does not provide the skills and abilities you need to lead in the new position. Being a company officer means more than gaining the authority that comes with the promotion. You must be able to inspire your personnel to work toward the organization’s goals and visions. Decide to LeadAt first glance, taking the initial step to becoming a company officer sounds as simple as testing for the promotion. However, the first decision you must make is t...

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