Company Officers for the 21st Century Fire Service

    Thursday, April 23, 2020: 1:30 PM - 3:15 PM


    David DeStefano
    Belmont (MA) Fire Department
    United States


    The focus is on the impact of officers on the operation and culture of a fire department and the differences between the role of the 21st century officer and that of previous years. Discussions center around the following: why proficiency beyond raising ladders and stretching hose is needed, transitioning from a firefighter to an officer, and instituting an officer development plan. Peer, subordinate, and self-evaluation tools for use in the cyclical process of awareness, education, understanding, and implementation are introduced. Case studies are used to illustrate skills for the roles of educator, mentor, safety officer, supervisor, and leader as well as for operational readiness. Participants are given the tools that will enable them to bring a comprehensive agenda that can be customized to local structure and requirements back to their fire department.


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