Nicholas DeLia has advice for smaller departments to compensate for lack of resources through improved tactics, strategies, and outside assistance.
Volunteer firefighters sometimes worry about more about being popular that being competent. If you strive for respect by competently going about your tasks, popularity will follow, says Tom Merrill.
The days of a fire service that requires only “strong backs and weak minds” are over. Why can’t we have strong backs and strong minds?
Tom Merrill looks at some other qualities fire officers ought to cultivate to make their organization successful.
Joseph V. Maruca says the shortage of volunteer firefighters is just the symptom of larger changes in our society.
Blaize Levitan looks at the misconceptions of the millennial firefighter and how the volunteer fire service can best adapt to their true beliefs.
Command presence is a great trait for all fire officers to possess. Embrace every opportunity to quietly enhance your reputation as a strong, competent and engaged fire officer that the membership can depend on.
Joseph V. Maruca has a straightforward way of increasing your volunteer fire company's overall training.
Michael Capoziello emphasizes the need for volunteer firefighters to be able to focus totally on their roles on the fire/emergency scene regardless of the issues they may have been wrestling with when they were summoned to answer the call. Officers, Capoziello adds, should assess their firefighters’ emotional status as they respond and, if necessary, have firefighters sit out an alarm if it seems as though they may not be able to focus 100 percent on their fireground duties.
There needs to be a place in our organizations for people who aren’t firefighters, and it needs to be an equal place, not a second-class citizenship, argues Joseph Maruca.