Why be an officer if you don't want to be chief?
why would someone serve as a asst. chief or deputy chief if they wouldn't want to be chief of the department in a few years? This would primarily apply to volunteer departments, but i would imagine could apply to career FFs as well.
The reason I ask is because I know two FFs, both with 10+ years experience, who served as Assistant Chief's of their department (as well as the lower ranks), but never even attempted to run for the position of Chief. One even served as the acting Chief for a few months while the Chief was unable to, but when it came time for the elections, he didn't want to run for the position.
now, I can't understand why someone would spend all those years in the roles as Lts, Capt, and chief officers, but when it comes to the 5 bugles, wouldn't even want to try to be the Chief
There is something to be said for #2
Having been the second-in-command in organizations other than the fire department, I can tell you that there are many perks. When you're second-in-command, you have much of the authority afforded to the big boss, but without as much responsibility. Many times, this means that you can get more done without having to jump through as many hoops.