Company Officer’s throughout our nation are continually looking for ways to provide company level training that is current, interesting and innovative. Essentially they (the Company Officer) are making every day a training day. This positive approach to training develops well trained and engaged firefighters. The firefighter can develop a higher level of situational awareness and can operate in a more systematic way providing the highest level of service to the citizens.
Throughout my career I have always been amazed in the “stuff” that firefighter carry in the pockets of their bunker gear. I have seen everything from a complete set of screw driver, to a metric size tool kit. I remember one firefighter had what appeared to be an entire tool box in his coat.
Earning the fifth bugle is a great accomplishment for a fire service professional. Now as the Chief, you are the final decision maker, the buck stops at your desk.
In 2005 I published the article below titled “Pandemic: Are We Prepared?” With the current situation in China and other area our our world, I decided to post it here.
What is a pandemic? Webster’s Dictionary defines the word pandemic as an epidemic over a wide geographic area, affecting a large proportion of the populations. And our history shows there have been several pandemics that devastated millions of people throughout the world.
To be an effective Chief Officer you must be visible and applicable to the members of the department (this post deals with internal communications only). I use the phrase “Management by Walking Around” what this means is the Chief Officer need to interact with internal stakeholders of the department. There are many ways to accomplish this simple but important task.