OK, I need some help here.† I’m currently Acting Fire Lieutenant on various line companies in my city.† I’ve been around enough officers to see what kind of leader I am and what type of officer I want to be.† But many questions have arisen during this acting time.
Just a few things for background information.† In my city an acting job is not a guaranteed position, nor is it a promise of promotion.† I could do 2 weeks in a position and get sent back to my company or I could get sent around the city as the replacement for officers on vacation.† I’ve been to a few different companies now and currently try to lay low and not start any extra activities with the crew.
Usually the first thing I do is† see who I have and who I am familiar with.† It is their house and I am a visitor so I let them do their job, or do what they would normally do.† I watch the Operator check the truck and all the equipment and ask questions about equipment if I think something was missed or needs attention and then help wash the piece.
The problem with the acting officer job starts when we get a call and there is an obvious skill area that needs attention,† Or a total break from common sense.† Do I drill on these items as† if it was my own company so we can do it better next time?† Do I just have a word with the individual, or the whole crew?† If I do anything would it appear that I have a superiority complex that would then precede my arrival at any other acting job?
A couple of† examples are:
1.† A firefighter jumps off the truck at an alarm and runs in without his gear and goes straight to the alarm location without a tool, a partner or letting anyone else know what is going on.
2.† Firefighter is incapable of strapping a patient to a back board.
3. Firefighter just does not want to work at all.
My current approach is to ask the guy, in private, what’s going on without being judgmental. † Any better Ideas?