Firefighting

COMPANY OFFICER CERTIFICATION: A MINIMUM STANDARD FOR THE FIRE OFFICER

Issue 5 and Volume 150.

COMPANY OFFICER CERTIFICATION: A MINIMUM STANDARD FOR THE FIRE OFFICER BY BRUCE J. CAVALLARI In career and volunteer departments as well as industrial fire brigades, we would not use an unqualified or uncertified firefighter for firefighting, an uncertified driver/operator to pump an engine at a fire scene, or an uncertified inspector to conduct a building inspection or plans review. So why are we so willing to authorize the use of uncertified company officers to lead our most important assets–our firefighters–into harm`s way? Just think about it. The company officer, a lieutenant or a captain, has numerous responsibilities and somewhat limited authority. Traditionally, he must motivate his personnel to accomplish the department`s goals on and off the emergency scene. While he has wide-ranging responsibilities, he seldom has more than on-the-job training (OJT) for the position. Even the guidelines and reading materials established for company officer promotional exams often do not reflect…

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