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    Default Advise for the New Company Officer

    Ok, whadya wanna tell the new Luft and/or Captain

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    What's a luft?

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    It is someone what has luft the ranks of "Mere Mortals" to become an Occifer.

    Advice.

    Get it very clear n your head what your new role is.

    One part is keeping the Tacital Overview of the scene, delegate jobs and let your people get on with them.
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    Originally posted by UsingAllHands
    What's a luft?
    Another term for Lieutenant..predominantly a New England thing....

    Advice for the new company officer....

    Don't forget where you came from.

    Your personnel are there to make you look good...your job is to make sure that they do it safely and go home in one piece.

    Don't ask your personnel to do something that you wouldn't do yourself.

    Praise in public, scold in private.

    Admit when you are wrong.

    Utilize the talents of your personnel.. don't be afraid to put them in charge of something that they know more about than you ever will.

    The "bugle" really isn't a "bugle" ... it's a plunger for all the crap that you have to deal with.

    Remember..the buck gets passed upwards, hits the highest level and then turns to crap... crap flows downhill and seeks it's lowest level... and sometimes that level is you!
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    Return from every fire with the same number of members as you responded with.

    It's easier to keep 'em out of trouble than get 'em out of trouble.

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    Well I am still a firefighter. But I think it is always better for a company officer to be a leader rather than a Boss. I hate officers that just boss you around and tell you to do things while they just hang in the background. I prefer the guys who will take charge and do the same things as a firefighter would. If the officer goes somewhere I will go right with them!!

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    I have had the occasion to serve under some "less than ideal" officers in my time. Now that I am an officer I try to remember what those folks would have done - and do the opposite.

    Case in point. This past Sunday, my Rescue Squad hosted the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads (VAVRS) District Meeting. As I was playing the host and answering questions and giving tours of the station, we happened to cross paths with the Squad's Sergeant. I introduced him to the group and explained that he was the one who is in charge of all social functions and the person who did all the organization for the district meeting. I then went on to say that if anyone had any complaints to come see me, if they had compliments to go see him.

    That's an example of how I think an officer should act.
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    Well Capt. Gonzo and E229LT siad it all. My advice is just remeber if the crap hit the fan, stay calm because the guys will be looking to you for the answers.
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    Never ask your men to do something that you yourself arent willing to do.
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    Originally posted by 12TruckIrons
    Never ask your men to do something that you yourself arent willing to do.

    posted on the third reply to this thread by yours truly...

    Don't ask your personnel to do something that you wouldn't do yourself.
    ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
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    That one is just so good I felt it needed to be repeated.

    Its my lie and I'll tell it how I want to
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