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Creating an Officer Development Program

BY MIKE WISKOFire service leadership is one of the leading topics at any fire service conference you attend today. Without a doubt, leadership is important and has become a lost art in many departments. Unfortunately, as most veteran fire officers retire, they take their experiences with them. They may have instilled their lessons, ideas, opinions, and beliefs into those closest to them, but in most departments, this history is lost. Quite often, when a veteran retires, you can hear the younger firefighters saying things like, “Another dinosaur down,” or “Don't let the door smash your tail, old man!” In some cases, this may be accurate, but I feel that many of the ...

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