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The Job: Officer Issues

Thu, 22 May 2014|

P.J. Norwood and Cobb County (GA) Lieutenant Sean Gray discuss some of the issues new officers may encounter after promotion.

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Transcript

Hey everybody. Thanks for watching [INAUDIBLE] for today's video blog. I'm here with Sean Greg and we want to take a few minutes to talk to all, all you firefighters, all you lieutenants, all you captains that are looking for a promotion. Sean, you're a recently promoted lieutenant in Cobb County Georgia. What are two surprises? Two things that you weren't prepared for, that you had no idea were coming and that you want new aspiring officers to know today? You know, probably the number one thing? Is the personnel issues. Nobody told me about that. All my buddies, the guys that are up there, the chiefs, the captains, my other lieutenant friends, nobody says anything about the personnel issues. My first shift or second shift, the guys come in and they start sitting down at the desk cuz you're on the computer, trying to get in all the paperwork, Kind of you know, washed up behind that normal type of administrative thing. And they're coming in and they're giving me all of this stuff. Hey listen, Lou, I've got this going on, I've got that going, and so that was a shock to me. To have those personnel issues start to come on now. You take on not only your own issues, but now you have to take on all the issues of your firefighters. You have to manage that, along with the runs, your, your paperwork for your, for your, your required paperwork, as well as mentoring and coaching, and also buildin' those relationships as a new lieutenant on the shift. Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. Very challenging. What else were you unprepared for? Probably the administrative part of it. Just, the actual, now if somebody gets hurt, how do I fill out that paperwork? When it comes all of the workers comp paperwork. I'm trying to figure out that piece of it. Definitely unprepared for that. Doesn't matter how many classes you go to, or the classes they give you, you sit down in there, and this is the form you fill out and that kind of stuff. You still got to have somebody to call. The thing I would suggest the most is really have the mentor. A guy that you can call. Have your captain at the station next door. Whatever you need to do. Have a guy that you can call as a backup. Hey listen, I got this, I'm about to send this in. Will you look over this for me? That way it doesnt get bounced back, and you get in trouble because something that is incorrect. Great point, how about for the chiefs now that are watching? That wanna help new officers. Not set them up for failure. What would you recommend to them? You know, I. My, my chief, Chief Ron Fagin, my new battalion chief, he's a, couldn't be more supportive. And, as far as, I think, a recommendation would be that, don't be too hard on him. Because he's been nothing but supportive. And it's, like, Hey, what do you need? Every morning, he just calls and says, What do you need? It's not, I need you to get this, I need you to get that. You guys gotta do this, I've got you on a schedule for this. No, every morning is, what do you need today? He's here for them. And that, to me, makes it very easy. Because I'm like, hey, you know what actually today, Paul so, we have to do this. I need to be able to go out and pull hose lines today so we can get some things going. Good. Charles, congratulations on the promotion. Thanks for having me. Appreciate it. Thank you very much, and great tips. Is PJ Noor and Shawn Grey with [UNKNOWN] Fire Engineering video blog.