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Fire and emergency services company officer lesson 1

Fire and Emergency Services Company Officer — Lesson 1

Fire and Emergency Services Company Officer, 4th Edition

Chapter 1 — Transition to the Role of Company Officer


Learning objectives

Learning Objectives

1.Recall the importance of the company officer.

2.Select facts about the challenges a new company officer will encounter.

3.Indicate the types of expectations facing a new company officer.

(Continued)

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Learning objectives1

Learning Objectives

4.Identify solutions that may need to be attained by a new company officer.

5.Recall the individuals or groups to which a company officer may be responsible.

(Continued)

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Learning objectives2

Learning Objectives

6.Compare the Fire Officer Level I and Level II human resources management duties.

7.Compare the Fire Officer Level I and Level II community and government relations duties.

8.Compare the Fire Officer Level I and Level II administration duties.

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Learning objectives3

Learning Objectives

9.Compare the Fire Officer Level I and Level II inspection and investigation duties.

10.Compare the Fire Officer Level I and Level II emergency service delivery duties.

11.Compare the Fire Officer Level I and Level II health and safety duties.

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The importance of the company officer as a supervisor

The Importance of the Company Officer as a Supervisor

  • Provides leadership

  • Acts as a role model

  • Gives advice

  • Provides representation for members to the administration

  • Negotiates conflicts

  • Applies counseling or coaching when necessary

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The importance of the company officer as a subordinate

The Importance of the Company Officer as a Subordinate

  • Is responsible for the members of the unit and their actions and activities

  • Controls the unit and effectively deploys it to complete assigned objectives

  • Administers policies, rules, and regulations and enforces them when necessary

  • Executes the orders of superior officers

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The importance of the company officer as a public servant

The Importance of the Company Officer as a Public Servant

  • Issues burning permits

  • Inspects facilities

  • Provides public fire and life-safety education

  • Investigates suspicious fires

  • Provides emergency care to victims of hazardous incidents

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Challenges a new company officer will encounter

Challenges a New Company Officer Will Encounter

  • Learning and applying concepts

    • Leadership

    • Ethics

    • Supervision

    • Responsibility

    • Authority

  • Relationship changes between peers and friends

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Challenges a new company officer will encounter1

Challenges a New Company Officer Will Encounter

  • Perception changes that can cause relationship problems with personnel

  • Group dynamics

  • Personal factors

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Overcoming personal challenges

Overcoming Personal Challenges

  • Commit to the responsibilities, duties, and requirements of the supervisory position

  • Show loyalty to the organization

  • Support all types of education and training

  • Guard conversations

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Overcoming personal challenges1

Overcoming Personal Challenges

  • Accept criticism graciously and accept praise, honors, and advancement modestly

  • Lead by example

  • Praise in public, discipline in private

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External expectations

External Expectations

  • From subordinates, peers, family, superiors, and the public at large

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Internal expectations

Internal Expectations

  • May cause an individual to improperly use the authority of the position, resulting in an abuse of power

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Solutions to overcoming challenges and expectations

Solutions to Overcoming Challenges and Expectations

  • Communicate effectively

  • Apply appropriate supervisory techniques

  • Manage effectively

  • Project a command presence

  • Develop an appropriate leadership style

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Solutions to overcoming challenges and expectations1

Solutions to Overcoming Challenges and Expectations

  • Show respect for others

  • Be loyal to the company, organization, and community

  • Be a positive and ethical role model at all times

  • Live by a personal and professional code of ethics

  • Set high yet attainable standards

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Solutions to overcoming challenges and expectations2

Solutions to Overcoming Challenges and Expectations

  • Value diversity in people and situations

  • Praise accomplishments

  • Listen to others

  • Commit to education and training

  • Remain humble

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Those to whom a company officer may be responsible

Those to Whom a Company Officer May be Responsible

  • Subordinates

    • Provide a safe work environment

    • Represent subordinate’s needs to organization

    • Provide:

      • Ethical leadership

      • Fair and just supervision

      • Educational and training opportunities

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Those to whom a company officer may be responsible1

Those to Whom a Company Officer May be Responsible

  • Organization

    • Administer properly all policies and procedures of the organization

    • Represent the organization to members of the unit and the public

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Those to whom a company officer may be responsible2

Those to Whom a Company Officer May be Responsible

  • Public

    • Provide effective and efficient professional service

    • Be conscious that the public provides the resources to the organization and that officers are stewards of those resources

  • Profession

    • Serve as visible representatives and role models

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Those to whom a company officer may be responsible3

Those to Whom a Company Officer May be Responsible

  • Family

    • Listen to expectations and needs when relying on families for support and understanding

    • Communicate the new responsibility, authority, and requirements of the new position

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Those to whom a company officer may be responsible4

Those to Whom a Company Officer May be Responsible

  • Themselves

    • Live by a set of ethical standards and values that are based on the accepted moral values of the community

    • Respect themselves and abide by their convictions

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Human resources management duties fire officer level i

Human Resources Management Duties – Fire Officer Level I

  • Provide effective supervision for both emergency and nonemergency activities

  • Assign tasks

  • Evaluate personnel performance

  • Provide company-level training activities

  • Administer policies and procedures efficiently and equitably

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Human resources management duties fire officer level i1

Human Resources Management Duties – Fire Officer Level I

  • Recommend actions when situations exceed their authority or ability

  • Act as a project manager in certain situations

  • Provide professional development opportunities for members

  • Initiate or assist with personnel transfers, personal benefits, changes in those benefits, awards and commendations, disciplinary actions, and labor/management issues

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Human resources management duties fire officer level ii

Human Resources Management Duties – Fire Officer Level II

  • All Level I duties

  • Evaluate personnel performance and ensure that employees perform to the best of their abilities

  • Prepare projects and divisional budgets

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Community and government relations duties

Community and Government Relations Duties

  • Fire Officer Level I

    • Respond to citizen inquiries and complaints in an efficient and courteous manner

    • Present public fire and life-safety education programs for the benefit of members of the community

  • Fire Officer Level II

    • All Level I duties

    • No additional duties

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Administration duties fire officer level i

Administration Duties – Fire Officer Level I

  • Administer the administration’s policies, procedures, and orders at the unit level

  • Observe the application of these administrative documents and recommends changes to them as necessary

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Administration duties fire officer level i1

Administration Duties – Fire Officer Level I

  • Maintain records of unit activities and prepare reports based on these records

  • Assist with the preparation of the organization’s budget by monitoring the unit’s resources and documenting the consumption and cost of providing those resources

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Administration duties fire officer level ii

Administration Duties – Fire Officer Level II

  • All Level I duties

  • Develop budgets

  • Evaluate the resource needs of assigned units

  • Purchase materials and equipment that will meet the needs of the unit

  • Maintain records on purchases

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Inspection and investigation duties fire officer level i

Inspection and Investigation Duties – Fire Officer Level I

  • In initial fire cause determination or investigation process:

    • Secure incident scene

    • Preserve evidence

    • Interview witnesses and emergency personnel

    • Notify a fire investigator when the situation warrants it

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Inspection and investigation duties fire officer level i1

Inspection and Investigation Duties – Fire Officer Level I

  • In incidents that involve criminal activity such as acts of terrorism or the operation of illegal drug laboratories:

    • Notify the appropriate law enforcement agency

    • Designate the scene as a crime scene

    • Maintain security of the scene until fire investigation personnel arrive

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Inspection and investigation duties fire officer level ii

Inspection and Investigation Duties – Fire Officer Level II

  • All Level I duties

  • Conduct a preliminary investigation of a fire scene

  • Analyze all available information

  • Determine the point of origin and cause of the fire

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Inspection and investigation duties fire officer level ii1

Inspection and Investigation Duties – Fire Officer Level II

  • Perform fire and life-safety inspections, including:

    • Understand building construction

    • Understand and apply the jurisdictions building and fire codes

    • Identify types of hazards and fire-protection systems

    • Apply fire and life-safety regulations to all types of occupancies

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Emergency service delivery duties fire officer level i

Emergency Service Delivery Duties – Fire Officer Level I

  • Inspect all potential hazardous sites within the unit’s response area

  • Create a pre-incident plan for each potential hazardous site

  • Develop and initiate an incident action plan (IAP) and incident safety plan (ISP) upon arrival on-scene

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Emergency service delivery duties fire officer level i1

Emergency Service Delivery Duties – Fire Officer Level I

  • Establish the Incident Command System (ICS) upon arrival on-scene

  • Conduct a postincident analysis following an incident (for incidents involving a single unit)

  • Participate in a postincident analysis under the leadership of a command officer (for incidents involving additional resources)

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Emergency service delivery duties fire officer level ii

Emergency Service Delivery Duties – Fire Officer Level II

  • All Level I duties

  • Develop pre-incident plans for multiunit operations

  • Assign resources to effectively control incidents

  • Conduct postincident analysis using information gathered from all responding units

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Health and safety duties fire officer level i

Health and Safety Duties – Fire Officer Level I

  • Apply health and safety standards daily

  • Implement safety-related policies and procedures

  • Monitor personnel to ensure that safety guidelines are followed

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Health and safety duties fire officer level i1

Health and Safety Duties – Fire Officer Level I

  • Report all situations that involve job-related injuries or fatalities

  • Act as a role model by personally adhering to accepted health and safety practices

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Health and safety duties fire officer level ii

Health and Safety Duties – Fire Officer Level II

  • All Level I duties

  • Know and understand the jurisdiction’s health and safety policies, potential risks and hazards that result from unsafe practices, and methods for mitigating such risks and hazards

  • Analyze unit accident and injury reports and recommend steps to prevent reoccurrence

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Summary

Summary

  • The company officer holds a position that is unique to the fire and emergency services and supervisory positions in general.

  • As a member of a unit, the officer must perform the same tasks that other members perform. At the same time, the officer is a member of management performing the functions of a first-level supervisor.

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Summary

  • In each of these roles, the company officer must make decisions, act ethically, and apply supervisory and management skills to provide a professional service to the public and members of the unit.

  • The company officer must understand and adhere to acknowledged standards of leadership.

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Discussion questions

Discussion Questions

1.Discuss the importance of a company officer as a supervisor, subordinate, and public servant.

2.Name one challenge a new company officer will encounter.

3.Define both external and internal expectations.

(Continued)

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Discussion questions1

Discussion Questions

4.To whom or what may a company officer be responsible?

5.List one Level I and one Level II management duty.

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