Leadership

Selection and Training of Line Officers in the Volunteer Fire Service

Issue 8 and Volume 141.

Selection and Training of Line Officers in the Volunteer Fire Service FEATURES MANAGEMENT Many volunteer firefighters want to wear the helmet of the line officer—one that signifies responsibility and authority. In many cases, however, their departments haven’t a system that clears a path for upward mobility. There’s a lot of leadership material that’s being kept down by the system—and that hurts the department, its members, and the community. Perhaps you’re already an executive officer in your department and would like to improve your command structure. What type of selection process should be used? What training should your officers receive? What kind of requirements should be established? What does it take to be a good fire service leader? Knowledge, skill, courage, and dedication are qualities of an effective fire service leader. The effective officer also displays responsibility, flexibility, common sense, and tact. He has confidence in himself and his personnel, and…

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