The “Drunken” Officer

So, this is not going to be an article about officers drinking on the job. It is however, going to be about officers that are so involved in themselves and the title that is bestowed upon them to be an officer, that they become “Drunk” with power.

We have all seen this type of person. They are the one who gets the position and becomes a complete and total idiot. Now, they may have been an idiot before but, now they are an idiot with a title and power. This is the person who sits behind a desk shouts orders and doesn’t even attempt to interact with the crew. The one who doesn’t, at least, stand there with a towel and try to look like he’s helping dry the truck. He is the one who thinks it is important for the crew to train but will leave it up to the Engineer or Senior Firefighter to conduct while they sit at the desk because they have “administrative stuff” to take care of. This type of officer while putting on a seemingly good show on the exterior is just another pencil pusher that wanted the position for the title on the inside.

The “Drunken” Officers are the ones who tell themselves that they are the greatest officers while their crew suffers due to their lack of leadership traits. They walk around and tell everyone how great they are and how they were “hand picked” for the position they are in. They see the position as a feather in their cap. They fail to see the fact that they are responsible for the lives of their crew and not just their own. Decisions are made on what they think is the “right” decision and not what is actually the right one.

We have all worked with, or know someone who has worked with, a “Drunken” officer. I would like to get feedback from our followers of some ways you have or would deal with an officer like this. We unfortunately will have to deal with one someday. We can’t exactly just blow them off because they are an officer. However there are ways of dealing with them and still not getting written up. Stay safe and go home at the end of every tour.

4 Comments

  • FireMedic89 says:

    How many times have I seen this. How to deal with them….well, the knee jerk reaction it to bring them back down to reality with a swift kick to the butt!!! But since they are an officer, they can write you up for that so you have to put that feeling to rest. Trying to talk to the “Drunken Officer” , is like talking to someone who is deaf, and you don’t know a bit of sign language! They have the “golden pen” and they just can’t wait to use it! Some of the ones I have seen forget where they came from, use the term “Rank Has Its Privilages” and hide behind there new found fame! It takes someone above them to talk to them and bring them back to reality…..because remember this….while you may be the officer, respect is earned….you don’t deserve it! And treat your people with respect, and you will get the respect you desire. Don’t forget the people that covered your A** numerous times, you may need them again! Make informed decisions……and above all….just because you have a bugle, or two, or three on your collar…doesn’t mean you have to be rude to people, think that its your way or no way….when your way isn’t right as well, and be open to new ideas! And above all know your job…..and be qualified for it! lord knows we have all seen people get promoted that didn’t hold the qualifications for their job title! If this offends people that read it……then obviously you need to take a look in the mirror and ask yourself some hard questions…..and maybe apply for a new outlook on life…..and a better attitude! And don’t treat people that were your “friends” on the floor like crap…..they may be your best asset one day!!!!!!

  • FireMedic89 says:

    How many times have I seen this. How to deal with them….well, the knee jerk reaction it to bring them back down to reality with a swift kick to the butt!!! But since they are an officer, they can write you up for that so you have to put that feeling to rest. Trying to talk to the “Drunken Officer” , is like talking to someone who is deaf, and you don’t know a bit of sign language! They have the “golden pen” and they just can’t wait to use it! Some of the ones I have seen forget where they came from, use the term “Rank Has Its Privilages” and hide behind there new found fame! It takes someone above them to talk to them and bring them back to reality…..because remember this….while you may be the officer, respect is earned….you don’t deserve it! And treat your people with respect, and you will get the respect you desire. Don’t forget the people that covered your A** numerous times, you may need them again! Make informed decisions……and above all….just because you have a bugle, or two, or three on your collar…doesn’t mean you have to be rude to people, think that its your way or no way….when your way isn’t right as well, and be open to new ideas! And above all know your job…..and be qualified for it! lord knows we have all seen people get promoted that didn’t hold the qualifications for their job title! If this offends people that read it……then obviously you need to take a look in the mirror and ask yourself some hard questions…..and maybe apply for a new outlook on life…..and a better attitude! And don’t treat people that were your “friends” on the floor like crap…..they may be your best asset one day!!!!!!

  • Engine Captain Missouri says:

    If being an Officer meant I had to change my character, honor, pride, or integrity doing the job I love, I would have stayed on the step! Being a Boss can be difficult, yes, but that is why I took the test! Train your company to be the best they can be without being the Boss from h**l. Really it’s easy, if you are serious about the position, are you?

  • Engine Captain Missouri says:

    If being an Officer meant I had to change my character, honor, pride, or integrity doing the job I love, I would have stayed on the step! Being a Boss can be difficult, yes, but that is why I took the test! Train your company to be the best they can be without being the Boss from h**l. Really it’s easy, if you are serious about the position, are you?

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Ben Waller
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