Carter: Some Tips for the New Fire Officer

So, if you are a new fire service officer, it is critical for you to learn to submerge your own ego for the good of the firefighters you will lead.


Having read that book, I can now imagine the example that led my father to the analogy of the warm blanket and a hot cup of coffee. It was apparent to me that Dad saw the success of a combat infantry leader who lived by that motto through some of the worst fighting in the Italian Campaign.

And so it has been for me. On those occasions when I forgot about the men who worked for me, they took great pains to remind me of my failing. Let me assure you that it takes quite a period of time to regain their trust and get them back on your team.

The message here is really quite simple. Let me suggest that my experience has taught me that if you take care of your people they will surely take care of you. Create an environment wherein much is expected. But also give much in return. When your troops know that you will go to the wall for them, they will move mountains for you.

So, if you are a new officer, it is critical for you to learn to submerge your own ego for the good of the people you will lead. Remember, it still takes the whole crew to stretch a 1-3/4-inch attack line to the basement of a blazing building.