By Stephen E. Morris
Many firefighters test for promotion with the idea of obtaining a gold badge and all the leadership skills that come with the responsibility of being a company officer. The gold badge does come with authority, but does not provide the skills and abilities you need to lead in the new position. Being a company officer means more than gaining the authority that comes with the promotion. You must be able to inspire your personnel to work toward the organization’s goals and visions.
If you are aspiring to become a company officer, decide why you want the promotion before taking the promotional test. Do not take the test solely for the money or the shiny badge. As a company officer, you can have a substantial impact on the future of your organization and its personnel and on building a culture that strive to achieve goals.