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The Fire Officer endeavors to continue the proud heritage and tradition of the Fire Service through their contributions of training, awareness, education, skills development, leadership, knowledge, enlightenment, research, insights and sharing.

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Latest Activity: Apr 17, 2016

Officer Development

Officer development is far more than just attending classes.  To truly develop you must  combine a servant leadership attitude with training, education and professional experiences accompanied by sound leadership and mentoring to get a quality officer.

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Is your Professional Development Like Monopoly?

We want you to think for just a moment and reflect on where you really are. Is your professional development like a game of monopoly? Compare what you are doing for professional development to the…Continue

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Started by Douglas K. Cline Apr 17, 2016.

Benefits of leader Schizophrenia

What are your thoughts?Having multiple personalities at work is not usually considered to be a good thing. But think about the benefits of having the ability to shift into different leadership styles…Continue

Started by Douglas K. Cline Jan 9, 2016.

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Comment by Douglas K. Cline on January 9, 2016 at 9:03am
Benefits of Having Leader Schizophrenia

Having multiple personalities at work is not usually considered to be a good thing. But think about the benefits of having the ability to shift into different leadership styles as different people and situations cross your path.

In the Fire Service, it is critical to have an autocratic style on the Fire Ground. A crisis is no time for consensus building. Fire Personnel are trained for years on how to handle those situations and how to make quick and calculated decisions. Then later, in leadership positions from Company officer to Chief, there is a need to be more planful and strategic. It is appropriate and important to collaborate and discuss what is ahead and to collect the appropriate data. Rising up the leadership ladder can be challenging for those used to one way of doing things.

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Comment by Douglas K. Cline on January 3, 2016 at 11:40am
For so long now I have struggled with the issue that I hear so often as I converse with firefighters and fire officers from across the nation. That concept or issue is a profound struggle between the leadership and the troops of organizations. As it is frequently described is that we are working profoundly against each other and it is on purpose! I find myself each time this occurs scratching my head and thinking really…this is so stupid and counter productive. Are we not on the job for the same reason? Are we not brothers and sisters separated only by rank? - See more at:
Comment by Douglas K. Cline on October 25, 2015 at 11:03am
We the Fire Service have a debt of gratitude. One generation shall praise your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. I know that as a fire service member I have a large debt of gratitude to many people who have paved the way for me and others like me to have the opportunities we currently have. There have been many fine brothers and sisters who have given their hearts and souls to the fire service, working tirelessly to make it better, stronger and safer. For all of you whom have paid this price and contributed “We the Fire Service” of today say, “Thank You!” - See more at:
Comment by Douglas K. Cline on October 20, 2015 at 7:58pm
You don't need a title to be a leader!
Comment by Douglas K. Cline on October 20, 2015 at 7:57pm
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Comment by Douglas K. Cline on July 1, 2015 at 4:04pm

Fire Officer = Mentor

As a leader you are obligated to being a mentor.  As a leadership mentor, it is your responsibility to constantly assess how well your personnel, especially officers, are handling the business of the organization, relationships and developing personnel.  some of these officers may not be super strong in their abilities to interact with others in the organization.  Their inter-personal dynamic skills are critical to their effectiveness in leadership.  If these officers are not connected to the people beside them, below them and above them in the organization, they will struggle in leading and mentoring them.

As the leader and mentor you should be focused intensely on making this a priority in your efforts.  Your ability to help them enhance these skills and traits is paramount in the development of great leaders and excellent organizations.  Make it a priority to coach them and help them enhance these skills which will help make the connections with the puzzle pieces.


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