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Safety: Looking Forward After Facing Backwards

By Gibby Gorman A promotion from firefighter to company officer moves a person into the front seat of the truck and changes the view from facing backwards to looking forward—figuratively and literally. The firefighter is no longer able to “relax” on the way to incidents knowing the company officer will make the necessary routing, apparatus placement, and tactical decisions; he is now thrust into a leadership role. One of the primary responsibilities of the company officer is to confirm the safety of his crew as he performs tasks related to the incident’s overall strategy. The company officer must now look forward in many roles; crew safety is just one of them. As a company officer, you u...

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