people say that the toughest change or transition for them is from firefighter
to officer; it would be the same in any profession or industry, when you move
from worker to supervisor. Just as in the private sector the move and
transition is task, role and responsibility specific. In some cases it is even physical…
most professions, a promotion is seen as a reward. In our industry it is more function specific.
may go from driver to the other front seat with no controls; driving in a vehicle
all alone or be
driven by an aide. I have ridden in all of them. Each has its place and each has its own
profession people say that the toughest change or transition for them is from
firefighter to officer
may be right if:
weren't serious about the job or your responsibilities, to begin with.
- You didn't make the investment in yourself to study and become proficient
- You don't like people (the ones you serve or the ones you serve with)
- You are one of the guys/gals and can't distinguish between leader / follower
- You lack the courage to change yourself and circumstances when needed.
don't want you to think that I am bashing anyone or being cruel. I'm not.
Some Officers are honest and tell me that they went for the higher rank,
solely, for the higher pay. (To me, that's wrong… although not criminal...and
now I'm off the soap box)
are other reasons for this. I have had
the pleasure to work with and speak to hundreds of fire officers in the last
thirty years. Each of them brings
something unique to the office and many bring the same thing. I am finding more and more that they are tool
and task focused, as opposed to the overall operation or mission.
you make the change, there must also be a transition.
must understand your role and responsibility.
if you are a person aspiring to be an officer or manager:
your job well, first
and train for the position you seek
with incumbents who have been there, done that and have been successful
and establish rapport with a mentor or role-model
your efforts with a positive attitude
you are already that person and not sure:
a self-audit: “Ask yourself, am I doing
all that I can?”
and train to maintain your optimal level of proficiency and knowledge