Jason Hoevelmann has been fortunate to have had great mentors and friends who provided me with great advice about being a fire officer.
Mentoring advice for one of the most challenging and stressful times in your career: during the transition from firefighter to newly promoted officer. BILL GUSTIN
The well-educated fire officer is a much greater asset to not only the department, but more importantly to his or her crew, writes Mike DeStefano.
Fire Department of New York lieutenant Douglas Mitchell Jr. offers this new Traditions Training drill that discusses the importance and the responsibiities expected of this vital fire department position.
As a company officer, you have the ability to influence firefighters to be great while instilling in them what is acceptable in your department’s culture, writes Mark Waters.
“The public expects us to rescue everyone, put out every fire, ease every pain, fix every disaster, and do it right every time,” says Battalion Chief Bob Atlas, Contra Costa County (CA) Fire Department, “So, if they are our customers and we provide a service, we should do it excellently every time.” He will outline how to achieve this in his classroom session, “11 Essentials of an Excellent Company Officer,” which he will present at FDIC International on Wednesday, April 22, 3:30 p.m.-5:15 p.m., in Rooms 236-237.
How well will you be prepared for the new role that will rapidly become a reality? Know your SOPs and gain as much experience as you can.
A universal set of guidelines for any situation you are likely to encounter, adapted from the Marines.
As a member of the volun- teer/on-call fire service for more than 36 years, I have seen totally opposite extremes when it comes to the quality and capabilities of company officers.