BY BILL LOWE, EMT-P, Ph.D., AND BILL BOLTON, EMT-PSometime in their careers, firefighters will eventually assess the advantages and disadvantages of pursuing promotional opportunities. Some will quickly dismiss their promotional options: "I like fighting fires and hate paperwork, so I'll just stay a grunt." Others are intoxicated with the many opportunities that exist to control events by directing subordinates to accomplish assignments. However, most firefighters considering a promotion to an officer's position view themselves as competent professionals possessing the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to improve their department's emergency response capabilities. Whe...

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