“This excellent book is easy to read
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beyond the technical aspects of
frefghting. The authors have
done a great job preparing new
frefghters to become part of our
fre service family.”
-Allan Rice, Executive Director,
Alabama Fire College & Personnel
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idea). Being flexible and recognizing when
it’s time to be a follower or time to step
up and be a leader are imperative to form
cohesive working relationships and form a
tight knit group of coworkers—especially
in the fire and emergency services world.
Company officers must be careful while
trying to set the tone for the shift/tour/com-pany/station/firehouse. In the story above,
the officer felt compelled to take matters into
his own hands in setting the new member
off on the right foot and “putting him in
his place.” In a fire or emergency scenario,
officers take over and dominate short conversations—as it should be. The officer might
have missed the probationary member’s life
story (even if he cared to listen to it) and possibly failed to recognize that this older and
life-experienced “probie” has an established
life and is not just some teenager who never
had a job and is coming in green from
the academy. Perhaps the new member’s
perceived cockiness is merely maturity and
confidence. The new member in this story
appears to be doing the right thing and all
that is expected of him; perhaps the officer’s
perception was a little off.
TRIMMING THE FAT
Did the officer’s perception and the
subsequent “hard time” he doled out on the
new member hurt the new member?
Probably not. Did it leave a scar on the new
member and ruin his future career?
Hopefully not. Did the officer ever take the
time to evaluate and size up the total package
of the new probationary member? Probably
not. Maybe after reading this article, the
officer would try to learn about the new
member (and each crew member) on a
personal level and give them an opportunity
to learn and grow within our family.
Stephen Marsar, EFO, MA, is a 26-year veteran and
battalion chief in the Fire Department of New York
(FDNY). He is also a former chief and commissioner
of the Bellmore (NY) Fire Department. He teaches
extensively at the FDNY and Nassau County (NY) Fire
and EMS academies, and he’s an adjunct professor at
the Nassau County Community College. Marsar has
a master’s degree in homeland defense and security
from the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School as well as
a bachelor’s degree in fire science and emergency
services administration from SUNY Empire State College. Marsar graduated with honors from the National
Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and is a
National Roll of Honor inductee.