Apparatus & Equipment, Firefighting, Leadership

Full Contact Leadership: Righting a Wrong Morning

Issue 3 and Volume 170.

By Edward Flood and Anthony Avillo Twelve-year veteran Firefighter Stew Dent was regarded as an all-around good and dependable firefighter. Dent was the senior firefighter in the house. Cooking, cleaning, routine maintenance, and general all-around station duty were activities that he always found pride and satisfaction in. In homage to the Beatles and Penny Lane, Dent kept his fire engine clean and well detailed (“He liked to keep his fire engine clean. It’s a clean machine,” he would warble at anyone within range.) On the fire/emergency ground, he always pulled his weight and more. After 12 years on the job, Dent decided it was time to take a shot and study for the captain’s promotional exam. This was to be his first try. Like any serious studier, Dent invested a good deal of time, money, and energy studying for the promotional exam. Post-test, he was confident of his success and…

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