Drill: The Company Officer

By Douglas Mitchell Jr.

Nearly every firefighting unit has a company officer; you know—the member who sits in the right front seat and blows the siren and horn. Is there a selection process for the company officer in your department? Some are promoted after testing, some are designated by a newly appointed chief, and some have a process “in between.”

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Although how one becomes and officer varies greatly from department to department, the role of the company officer is certainly similar wherever you go. Carrying out the job of a company officer becomes an extremely pivotal position in every fire department, on the fireground and in the firehouse.


Douglas Mitchell Jr. is a lieutenant with the Fire Department of New York and an instructor with Traditions Training, LLC.

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