Firefighter Training, Firefighting, Leadership

Training Officer’s Toolbox: Assertiveness vs. Aggressiveness

We want aggressive officers and firefighters on the fireground, but have you ever thought about how that translates into the leadership role off of the fireground?

By Brian Ward

In this new series, Brian Ward takes a look at issues facing the training officer. Each entry will feature a quick PDF download you can use as a springboard to start the discussion on these concerns.

The first installment discusses the idea of “Assertivness vs. Aggressiveness.” We want aggressive officers and firefighters on the fireground, but have you ever thought about how that translates into the leadership role off of the fireground? Great officers understand how to be assertive.

Download this training bulletin as a PDF HERE (293 KB).

BRIAN WARD is chief of emergency operations for Georgia Pacific–Madison, Georgia. He serves on the ISFSI board of directors and is a lead live fire credentialing instructor. He was the past Chairman of the Metro Atlanta Training Officers Association and is currently the Everyone Goes Home State of Georgia Advocate. He has a bachelor’s degree in safety and technology engineering, is a member of Georgia Smoke Diver #741, and is the founder of FireServiceSLT.com.