Firefighting

THE DUAL OBLIGATION: THE ORGANIZATION VS. OUR PEOPLE

Issue 9 and Volume 151.

THE DUAL OBLIGATION: THE ORGANIZATION VS. OUR PEOPLE BY CHARLES R. ANGIONE Practically every fire officer recognizes his obligation to the organization. The fire department not only pays his salary, but all firefighters have sworn an oath of allegiance to their city or town as well. Our superiors, of course, represent the organization, and so our allegiance to them is fully apparent to most of us. What may not be so apparent is the very real responsibility we owe to those men and women who faithfully follow our leadership. Newly promoted officers, especially, may not always recognize this other obligation. OFFICERS` OBLIGATIONS TO SUBORDINATES What, some leaders may ask, do we owe those who work for us? After all, their job is to do what we tell them. They owe allegiance to us. Well, of course, that is true, since we represent the fire department to those under our command.…

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