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.