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Firefighter Leadership: Yes, We Are Better Off

By Thomas N. Warren The fire service has evolved in many ways during my 33-year career, and we have taken on many more duties than the fire service performed in years gone by. Yet, despite all these new responsibilities and services the fire service provides, yes, we are better off than it may seem to some. I started as a young fireman in the late 1970s, which was a very exciting time to start a career in the fire service. I was one of 57 young recruits to start working in a busy metropolitan fire department. I was assigned as the tillerman on a busy ladder truck that responded to fires all over the city because of our central location. We reveled in our work and always looked forward to...

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