I came across this image on a friends Facebook page and wanted to share it with all of you. With the new year upon us it makes you take a look in the mirror to see what goals you can make for yourself in becoming a more effective fire officer. It also applies to aspiring fire officers.
This spells out the essence of being an accomplished fire officer. The first reference is to become a mentor. This is incredibly important as our fires decrease and our senior fire officers retire. Getting in shape and eating healthier go hand-in-hand. Say “thank you” more to the fire fighters on your crew, the EMS personnel you interact with, the hospital staff and all of the other public servants. Taking on leadership roles and training more will make you a more solid fire officer. And most importantly be thankful that I was fortunate enough to be promoted to the position of fire officer.
There are lots of ways I can make a difference in my every action as a fire officer. This includes being a better listener with my crew and helping them with their own personal goal or challenges. It also includes training for those the low frequency but high risk emergency responses. We have become all risk and need to embrace our communities look to the fire service for quick effective solutions to any and all problems. As a fire officer, I am re-energized and ready for the new year.