A new one-day preconference program has been added to the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) 2020 Annual Health and Safety Conference.
In this show, Craig Nelson, Jeff Wallin, and Dane Carley tackle a variety of issues affecting fire departments.
What you as a company officer emphasize today will become the culture of your crew in the future. Dane Carley examines the strategic cultivation of fire department culture.
The fire service has a rich history of mentoring firefighters at every step of their career path. David DeStefano writes about the need to focus on the firehouse learning environment to help train probationary firefighters.
Louis A. Comenale III discusses what every new company officer should know on taking the job.
Christopher Sobieski describes the roles of vision, communications, and culture in the development and success of a leader, regardless of rank in the organization.
One effective way to spend valuable training time is having firefighters read, review, and analyze fire service magazine articles, photos, and videos. The officer can have them focus on a specific fire scene item: scene size-up, life hazards, building construction, and so forth. Each member will see something different, based on his experience, that will add to the discussion. The rookie may even surprise some of the senior members.
Craig A. Haigh explains the dilemmas and challenges of newly promoted officers and offers pointers that have helped him make the transition from crew member to officer more smoothly.
"A promoted officer should be honored to assume his new role, whether it is on the firematic or administrative side. However...there is no 'on/off switch' that you can suddenly flip to instantaneously gain the support and confidence of the membership, writes Thomas A. Merrill.
G. Howard Blythe argues that scrutiny of educational institutions and their programs is necessary to ensure that firefighters and fire officers are getting genuine value from their forays into higher education.