We have a brand new Lieutenant on my company filling in while our assigned boss is out. I can see the Jr. Lt struggling with his new role and trying to find his place in the chain of command. He came from a slower district with very few EMT-B’s and a company without a specialty (Hazmat, Tech Rescue, CAFS, Tower etc…) to a Technical Rescue house where you can’t throw a rock without hitting a paramedic.
We do our daily training and we don’t expect him to get involved because he is just passing through. He wants to get involved but he thinks he needs to be the boss during the evolutions. When we are on medical calls he tries to coach the crew through treatment protocols but he is the only current member of the crew that has never worked for a private ambulance service.
I suppose I’m not helping very much. The boss across the floor omits our new Lt every once in awhile. I don’t know a good way to approach him to offer help with the computer programs, he’s behind on reports, possibly because he’s not familiar with the system. He can’t access information from the mobile computer while we are responding. And he won’t get off the damn Federal while we are responding.
He is a great example of the need for an officer training academy or something similar. I know it sounds like I’m just busting on him, but I really want to help him out. He, like every other new officer on my job, is handed a set of bugles on Monday and shows up at a company on Tuesday without any advice, training or mentoring.
I’m currently a part time officer. I fill in for a few weeks here and there, but not permanent. Don’t think I’m jealous either, I’m not, he got the spot before me fair and square. I’m sure he’ll be fine after he adjusts. But why isn’t there a “minimum standards” class or something to that effect?
I’m going to try to talk to him next tour and see if we can get him up to speed on the computer at least, then we’ll work on his Federal addiction.
Any advise would be appreciated.