Training Officer’s Toolbox: Influence

Firefighters at hands-on training.

By Brian Ward

As an officer, of any rank, there are several ways you influence your team members. Your ability to exhibit these traits and to learn your weaknesses will allow you to grow as an officer. Discuss this week’s topic with your team and see where your team members land on their strengths and weaknesses. 

Download this training bulletin as a PDF HERE (193 KB).

BRIAN WARD is chief of emergency operations for Georgia Pacific–Madison, Georgia. He serves on the ISFSI board of directors and is a lead live fire credentialing instructor. He was the past Chairman of the Metro Atlanta Training Officers Association and is currently the Everyone Goes Home State of Georgia Advocate. He has a bachelor’s degree in safety and technology engineering, is a member of Georgia Smoke Diver #741, and is the founder of

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