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.
Know the five reads: reading buildings, smoke, firefighters, risk, and hazardous energy.
Competition is a good thing-it sharpens us, increases our efforts, and allows us to measure ourselves in many ways.
Matt Love continues his extended meditation on the nature of coffee and leadership in the fire service.
There is a great deal of energy being put into trying to find, expand, and increase our use of technology on our fireground and in other emergency operations.