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Officer Development: Career Path or Officer’s Academy?

By Michael J. BarakeyDevelopment of new company officers is a challenge in today’s fire service. With the retirement of seasoned fire officers affecting many departments, it becomes a struggle to ready firefighters for the role of first-line supervisor. Most departments want experienced and educated firefighters to transition to the role of company officer but struggle to land candidates who are experienced and qualified. They expect competent decisions from new officers but may offer little training. Experience is valuable, but experience alone will not prepare even a seasoned firefighter for these new duties or responsibilities.To train firefighters for their new role is not an ex...

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