A couple of the responses to December’s confrontation at Task Force 1 included a reference to the HBO series “Band of Brothers.”
The ten episode series covered Easy Company during World War II, an adoption the book written by history professor and biographer Stephen Ambrose.
MENTORING EAGER EDDIE
Eddie has five years with your department. One of the most enthusiastic firefighters you have met, “Double E” has a reputation of outworking almost anyone on the job.
He seems tone-deaf when it comes to supervision and leadership. Expects everyone else to work as hard as he does. Could use some tactfulness when dealing with the public.
He comes to you for advise. How can be prepare to be the best fire officer he can be? The promotional exam is two years away.
DEVELOPING AN APPROPRIATE FOUNDATION
What movies should Eddie see? What fictional or real characters should be study? Any good books? We have two years to build an urban fire officer culture that Eddie can stand on to excel as a fire officer and, probably, as a senior command officer.
What would YOU recommend?
Mike “FossilMedic” Ward
URBAN COMMANDER is an irregular feature aimed at career staff working in metro-sized fire departments. It will cover topics that were too esoteric, short-term or “sharp” for the Fire Officer: Principles and Practice textbook. Click “Urban Commander” under Categories to get all of the articles.
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- Online fire officer training from Mike – January 24, 2013
- A Night of Heros – October 30, 2012