As a practicing Company Officer, like me, you know the drill. Some things never change. Things that do not work, do not implement, do not administer, cannot be replicated.

Certain things are learned, reinforced, and solid ground rules are established. There are certain things that cannot be taught, or youd have to learn by heart. Other things you have to adapt to, and some things you have to unlearn, forever.

For me, the skills gained from teaching were things I could not otherwise have learned, and things I had to experience. The former two are skills I dont possess, the latter two are skills I have to use. The former is something I trade on, the latter is something I earn. Below are some of those skills I acquired by experience.

As a practicing Company Officer, I can tell you that this is not a slapdown job. If someone does not perform on the fireground, or does not show up on arrival with their stuff, you can count on that they will not do the job. A seasoned Company Officer will have a hard time keeping everyone in the same boat, and there are times you have to step in and push someone to get them to where they are supposed to be.

I learned this the hard way, as a firefighter candidate, at a Company Officer level, and was slapped in the face when I failed.

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