Leadership

SUPERVISORY TECHNIQUES ARE FOR VOLUNTEERS, TOO

Issue 12 and Volume 153.

BY STEVEN A. SAVIA, CMC I am an adjunct faculty mem-ber in the fire technology associate’s degree program at an area community college. One of the courses I teach is “Supervision of Fire Service Personnel.” It’s based on standard public administration supervisory theory and practices and covers some specific examples and differences related to the fire and rescue service. Most students in this class are volunteer firefighters. All are hoping to have careers in the fire and rescue services; some have already started their careers. Recently, students brought up an interesting question: Wouldn’t it be a good idea to require volunteers to take a course in supervision? I must admit that, as a teacher, I was impressed that they were thinking of applications beyond what was in the class material. They had an excellent point: Just because volunteer fire departments and rescue squads are, well, volunteer, doesn’t mean that they…

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