Making the Rounds

Supervision and leadership are two of the most common subjects of discussion among firefighters and officers at conferences and around the firehouse kitchen table. Supervision and leadership are also two of the most important skills that a "boss" in the...


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The company officer is happy that you stopped by while he was spending time with the new firefighters and giving them training and time to ask questions. Some of the most productive time spent in a firehouse is during training. Knowing that you can and do stop by inspires the officers to make the best use of their time. You too can now see who is training and who is watching "Judge Judy" in the afternoon, which will allow you to emphasize what is expected of company officers in your command.

The department benefits because everyone — the company officer, the senior firefighter, the young probies and you — get to visit, share information, talk about recent activities, plan for future events, train and prepare for the next run. This interaction between the ranks and generations within your battalion or companies is a learning experience that neither you nor they can live without.