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Be an Aggressive Officer

By Chuck Wehrli When I began my fire service career back in 1971, I was always told to “push in...let’s get this fire.” That’s what aggressive officers did. If you were reluctant, you felt like a weak firefighter--not as tough as some others. That’s how some of us were and some of us still may be. Other ways you should look at being aggressive is to call it being assertive, determined, insistent, and forceful. First, you must understand that you can be assertive in areas besides firefighting. Some good ways an officer can be assertive is by knowing his district, his team, and his standard operating guidelines. For example, remember to wear your mask, never inhale smoke, and ensure th...

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