Hey everyone, was wondering what advice you would have for someone who is up and coming to an officer position and frequently finds themselves riding the front seat as the "senior" member in a volunteer company.
I've been involved with a decently active volunteer department (1,800 calls avg.) for a little over 2 years now. Several of my stations Officer's have made it apparent that they will be stepping down in the next election year and that they think I should run for Lt. Unfortunatly our department is suffering from a lot of young eager members without enough senior guys/gals around as mentors. More often than not I'm finding myself riding up front as the member with the most time and experience excluding the driver. I whole heartedly acknowledge that I have next to no time whatsoever or experience, that I know just enough to get myself into trouble, but its more than most in the back. I attend what training sessions I can put on by state and federal instructors (when work schedule complies which is rare), read every magazine and online article I can get my hands, become a sponge when stories start flying around the table from reliable guys. What more would you recommend to better myself and what would you prefer your forward facing guys to know?