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Changing times: Young Fire Officers

11/07/2011
by Jonathon Steed In this day and age, the face of leadership in the fire service appears to be changing. It seems to be getting younger. Why is this? I don’t know. Potential explanations include older members are retiring earlier, the turnover rate is increasing, or recent trends regarding fire science education make the younger officer candidate with a college degree more appealing on paper. Regardless of why this is happening, it is affecting more and more departments across the nation. Is this a bad phenomenon? Possibly. It has some clear disadvantages. First, a younger officer will inevitably lack fire experience, which translates to a nearly unavoidable less-informed decision-makin...

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