Fire Service Leadership: Company Rhythm: A True Band of Brothers

By Donald Wedding Since 1735, when Benjamin Franklin organized the Union Volunteer Fire Company, there have been many analogies and similarities made between firefighting and other trades or professions. As the American fire service moves forward with new technologies, better training, and an increased call volume, there is one element that remains the same and virtually unchanged over time: the human dynamic. From our first day as firefighters in the firehouse or training academy, we are taught the importance of working together as a company and relying on one another to achieve common goals. Almost instantly, new members are searching for that "rhythm" of working together. Whe...

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