Duh, which way do we go and who's in command
I am sure this happens in all departments, we are not unique. So I wanted to see how others deal with it. We have two officers who are the best of buds off the fire ground, but get them any where near the fire ground and they can't decide whos in command. Both of them bark different orders to the same people and stand around with radios in there hands acting like their in command of the greatest scene you've ever seen. The other day we had to call all of our volunteers to respond to an incident which required a lot of bodies to do the job. Three volunteers and the two officers showed up. The two that couldn't figure out who should command. The two officers stood around looking important and did basically nothing. The three volunteers worked their kazubies off. When a higher ranking officer called to see if they needed re-enforcements, of course the answer was no. Until one of the officers decided to pitch in several hours later, then after 20 minutes of work quickly called for some backup.
Additionally one of these officers is notorious for bitching about everything and everyone to everyone. I have walked in to this person agrevatedly complaining to another officer of the same rank about a subordinate. I to am a subordinate, but he kept on talking when myself and three other subordinates entered the conversation. I am a firm believer in the chain of command and taking complaints upline not downline.
So my questions are: How do you deal with an officer who always has to be incharge even when they don't know what they are doing, they don't follow chain of command at incidences, they refuse to get dirty, they complain about everything and to the wrong people? Pre-thanks to anyone who responds!