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The company officer development topic covers all aspects of the fire officer’s job, with a range of resources to assist in leadership development, decision-making and resolving crew conflict. Articles tackle radio skills, the importance of coaching, tips for new officers and more. Share these articles with aspiring or new company officers to help maximize their skills and abilities.

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The Eugene Springfield (Oregon) Fire battalion chief details the importance of a shared vision of learning and training at every organization
Summarizing keystone research across the four ventilation methods used on the fireground
First things first: You do not get to cut holes anymore!
Back to basics – sounding and walking on the roof, using roof ladders, working from an aerial, cutting the hole and punching through
Emergency response requires increased focus; this is a balancing act when approaching a scene with numerous factors in play
It’s time to reevaluate our SOPs, eliminate insular groups, and see traditions as an honor, not an anchor
The Fairfax County battalion chief on the power of professional development for your members
“Take care of your troops and they will take care of you” and other military command lessons applied to the fire service
Implementing these principles can help maximize the impact of the information
Successful leaders have offered wise advice over the years about how to ensure that you live and breathe strong leadership
New chiefs, don’t make too many changes too fast or you’ll face significant resistance
The newest state-of-the-industry survey sharpens the focus on fire department leadership
It may feel counterintuitive at times, but achieving trust starts by showing unilateral respect to everyone, even when you disagree
Leaders set the tone for agency culture across the board — including when it comes to wellness
A firsthand account of not understanding the burden of command
It is what we tolerate that will ultimately build the crew’s DNA
Devin Flannery shares his experience with the company officer to chief officer transition
As a fire chief, you can’t stop traumatic calls from happening, but you can show up and support your crews before, during and after
Detailing alarm causes, actions to mitigate the incident and fire protection post-incident
A fire career isn’t always about flashovers and extrications; it’s often the little things that make the biggest impact on a community
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Engine crews must be prepared to deploy ground ladders correctly, timely and aggressively for rescue
It’s important to connect with your fellow firefighters, get involved in training, and avoid silos
When an incident turns violent, firefighters should be familiar with the process for removing members from the scene
According to a recent report, 80% of millennial workers say they consider work-life balance when deciding whether to take a job
Learn the five ways imposter syndrome shows up in first responders and how you can combat the feelings
Everyone must be comfortable speaking up, no matter their rank or years on the job