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Climbing the Ladder: From Officer to Chief

By TIM PILLSWORTH While reading Barry Daskal's article, "Captain: The First 60 Days" (Fire Engineering, October 2009), I realized that I had done or wished that I had used many of the ideas Daskal presented to help new chiefs. Afterward, while talking to some members, we realized there were no ideas out there that would help a new officer work his way up to the ranks of lieutenant, then to captain, and finally to chief. Many basic ideas can be carried from start to the finish; you can make some changes to them as you move up through the ranks, but the core values, ideas, and ways to ascend to the office will always be the same. This article's ideas, values, and directions will h...

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