I’m going to complain about officers today.
In the last week I’ve run into 2 different officers that are poisoning my department from the inside.
1st was a central station alarm. The engine arrived first and investigated with all their gear on. (The right way) The truck shows up a minute later. The officer on the truck sees us investigating the alarm with our gear on and decides he won’t stand for it. He gathers his crew for when we exit the building. He says “I got scared when I saw you guys in there with all your gear on, I thought there might be a fire!” He was wearing shorts and a t-shirt at this point. He and his crew get a laugh.
2nd was a central station alarm in a housing development. Turned out to be a fire in the penthouse. We were investigating and the officer wasn’t wearing any equipment except for his bunker coat. No radio, no air, no tools. So we find the smoke rolling down the stairs and request the box. I start heading up the stairs to find the seat of the fire and get a primary done but the officer won’t let me. He blocks the door and says “wait for the line” I understand, OK.
So tell me. ..
How do you deal with officers who are more concerned about being cool than doing their job? Besides making smart ass comments like I did.
Does your department have an officer rating program? If so, how does it work?
Is there an officer training program on your department?
On my department our training program goes like this: “Congratulations Lt. You are the boss on Ladder 2 group 1, good luck.”