Apparatus & Equipment, Firefighting, Leadership

Tips for Newly Promoted Company Officers

Issue 7 and Volume 169.

By Bill Gustin One of the most challenging and stressful times in a firefighter’s career is the transition from firefighter to a newly promoted company officer. I consider myself very fortunate to have had mentors to guide me through this phase. One was my Dad, a lieutenant and 33-year veteran of the Chicago (IL) Fire Department; the other was the lieutenant I worked for before I was promoted. I spent almost a year on the lieutenant’s list before I was promoted. Looking back, I’m glad that I did because in that time, I learned so much from that man who made me a better fire officer. I was promoted to lieutenant in 1983 and to captain in 1986; I have been teaching newly promoted company officers since 1987. I developed my officer development curriculum and am constantly revising it by asking respected veteran fire officers two questions: “Knowing what you…

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