Leadership problem

All to often I hear of firefighters today wanting to be babysat when it comes to doing their job. Some, but not all, want you to tell them to drill ; When to drill and how to drill. My question is when the decision is made to be, or not to be, a professional, who’s job is it to take corrective action?

Does it always have to be formal corrective action or can theSenior Firefighterswithin our companies handle it?

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  • Mark says:

    We should all be professionals! Striving to do and be the very best we can be especially when the moment arrives to do or die. Take it upon yourself to motivate your fellow firefighters into doing more while on duty. Increasing their appetite for knowledge of the latest technology, tips and tricks that give that special edge when it really matters. As a station Captain I appreciate it when my guys don’t need to be told when to drill or train. I’m lucky to have a dedicated bunch. When one starts something before you know it everybody is involved and that kind of knowledge sharing for the group becomes more of a valuable learning experience as well as a fun event. We all like to be involved. Nobody knows everything ! Let everyone share their knowledge and ability from their life experiences. They my surprise you and build that bond between you. We all need to be taught something. Getting back to the question. I have trust in the senior barn boss to take care of the little things. He is the experienced motivator. The guy that sits down with someone in a non corrective way and explains how things run in your house under your command. He comes to me with any suggestions and asks for direction on how to handle it. We have very clear lines of communication. It is black and white. If he is unable to handle a problem or is not getting the desired result WE need I will step in. This is of course after we have had many brainstorming sessions trying to solve the problem. We have a very strong team concept. This works when someone retires and we get a new guy also. We build this from day 1. I am the last resort with corrective action. I have rarely had to do this.

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