Fireground Management

Are You the Company Officer Your Firefighters Need?

Issue 7 and Volume 165.

BY STEPHEN MORRIS How do you measure up as the officer of your company? Are you what your company firefighters need? Many officers are promoted without an idea of what being a company officer means. They seem to think the authority, power, and knowledge needed will come with the promotion and the badge. The truth is that if the officer wants his company to excel, he must be a great leader, one who can get things accomplished without having to rely on the power and authority of the position. The officer must provide the members with vision and inspiration and be able to influence them to work toward a common vision. I have found some approaches that have helped me to develop as an effective company officer. I share them with you. • Have a vision, and share it. A vision is necessary if the fire department and company officer…

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