Assistant Chief Mike Cardwell, Urbandale (IA) Fire Department, handled the “Right Seat Responsibilities” Hands-On Training (H.O.T.) workshop titled “Right Seat Responsibilities. According to Cardwell, the workshop was intended to address a gap that has developed in the preparation of young officers and firefighters who are assigned to function as company officers.
“Traditionally, young officers in both career and volunteer departments have been able rely on responding command officers to make initial fireground decisions,” said Cardwell. “Their own experiences provided a solid background which they could pull from. With today’s staffing, it is much more likely that company officers will be making those initial decisions.