Building Effective Teamwork

By Jerry Wells Effective teamwork has a direct effect on the success of any fire company. This is obvious for emergency incidents, but it also applies to everyday station life and fire service training programs. To teach successful teamwork and leadership concepts, I use one of the most popular sports in this country for comparison: football. I often cite examples from the Boise State documentary Out of the Blue: A Film about Life and Football from Arts Alliance America. The new leader of the team, head football coach Chris Peterson, explains his philosophy on coaching and player expectations, all of which can be valuable to adopt in our fire service. As more time passes, his coaching and...

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