Are you “Front Seat Ready” ?


Are you ready to take on the challenges and responsibilities that come with being in that right front seat position? The success or failure of most incidents often starts with the actions or inaction’s of the Officer taking on that role.

Whether you are a career or volunteer, being promoted or filling the role of the company officer is very exciting. This is usually the first step in a firefighter’s career when you start your upward advancement in your organization. Years of experience and training have prepared you for that next challenge and now it is time to perform.

The acronym I like to use to help young Officers is PPE, (PREPERATION, PERFORMANCE, and EVALUATION).

Are you prepared? This starts with a thorough understanding of your organizations standard operational guidelines. Knowing you companies responsibilities on incidents should be ingrained in your memory.  Further, a strong understanding of the communications system in place is critical to ensuring a safe and efficient operation.

Each and every incident should start out under control, this starts by a clear and concise on scene size up report.  An initial detailed report including the construction type, occupancy, number of floors, water supply and the declared strategy (Offensive or Defensive) as well as you units initial actions will provided the foundation for a successful operation.

As the company officer you should be prepared to fill the many roles in the incident management system to included; Incident commander (initially), group or division supervisor, staging manager ECT.

As the company officer, you are responsible for each and every member of your crew, including the apparatus. Ensuring that all members follow department policy pertaining to driving, apparatus maintenance, proper PPE selection ECT, are all your responsibility!

Performance, now that you prepared yourself to take on those front seat responsibilities it is time for action. It is the officer’s job to ensure that all your members are able to perform any task that may be giving to them. This comes from formal training and company level drills. Each and every member should be able to perform flawlessly.

The evaluation process is used to critique all incidents from small to large. This is the means to improve all members’ performance. The officer has to have the courage to correct poor performance and be consistent with all personnel.

This is just the tip of the iceberg!  For additional information see FTS website.

Are you Front Seat Ready?

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