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Volunteer Firefighter as Initial Incident Commander

The dynamics of a volunteer fire department blend people with diverse levels of educations, careers, talents, and backgrounds together at a moment’s notice. Within this mix may be members who don’t want to be fire service leaders. Although they may be supervisors or managers at their full-time jobs, they do not want this responsibility at the fire department. Others who have served in fire service leadership situations may have realized they don’t possess the necessary skills and thus avoid the role. Some volunteer firefighters who may have never supervised anyone have however observed good leaders in action and consequently decided that leadership is not for them. Never...

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