Safety Leadership: The Company Officer’s Chief Concern

Issue 6 and Volume 173.

By Ronald E. Kanterman Training is the basis of any fire department’s safety program. Good, solid training that is conducted to a quality set of standard operating procedures (SOPs) represents the very foundation of safety. RELATED FIREFIGHTER TRAINING Safety Doesn’t Take the Summer Off Firefighter Health and Safety: Turning Around an Aircraft Carrier Orientation for Officership I’ve been a firefighter safety advocate for a long time, going as far back as my time as an industrial chief, where everything in large industry centered around safety. Today, much attention is being paid to the company officer. In addition, it took chiefs a long time (maybe 280 years) to truly understand that everything starts with direct first-line supervision. In other words, as the officer goes, so goes the crew. For example, I lectured for a mid-size career fire department many years ago, speaking four times to four shifts. On the first shift,…

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