Engine Company

ENGINE OFFICER DO’S AND DON’TS

Issue 2 and Volume 155.

ASK YOURSELF EACH DAY, IS MY CREW READY TO DON THEIR SCBA, STRETCH THE PRECONNECT, AND ACHIEVE PROPER PRESSURE TO ATTACK THE FIRE QUICKLY AND EFFECTIVELY? BY TOM MURRAY All engine officers should constantly eval- uate their performance and the performances of engine crew members to more effectively lead, train, and motivate their firefighters to success on the fireground. Below are some pointers for maximizing your efficiency and that of other department members under your supervision. The points presented here are simple truths that I and other fire service leaders with whom I have had the honor of becoming acquainted have come to understand during our years in the fire service. PRIOR TO THE ALARM Get your attitude together. Remember, your attitude affects others’ behavior. Good day? Bad day? What’s it going to be? Often, it’s the attitude you bring to work and the manner in which you handle the…

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