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.
Just being good has never been our goal. Every firefighter, officer, and chief must strive for perfection each day, writes David DeStefano, and in so doing we may obtain excellence.
Louis A. Comenale III offers pointers that can help newly promoted officers to develop probationary firefighters in their company into confident and competent professionals.
Joseph Bostic describes how officers can develop the traits that will enable them to achieve crew buy-in and establish a culture in which the members and the department will thrive.