Deputy Chief Loveland-Symmes Fire Department Mason, Ohio
Every incident, every shift, every training exercise, the company officer is responsible for their crew. Many fire departments address this responsibility by stressing personnel accountability—the use of standardized riding positions and assignments, radio discipline and sound command and control. But a company officer’s ability to hold their personnel accountable starts with personal accountability. As leaders, company officers must be willing to take responsibility, enforce departmental policies, and hold themselves to the highest standards. This session will use recent examples of fire service leadership failures and successes to identify critical leadership traits for company officers and how to develop them.
Participants will learn how personal accountability relates to personnel accountability.
Participants will explore how failing to develop key leadership traits in company officers exposes the department to risk.
Using recent fire service examples that illustrate leadership successes and failures, participants will challenge themselves to be better leaders and to help mentor and develop up-and-coming fire service officers.