The fire service has abdicated its responsibility to train and educate its officer corps. This leads directly to bad outcomes in the firehouse and on the fireground. Leaders shouldn’t be shocked when things go wrong, they should be shocked when things go right. The presenters will review the real-world implementation of a new officer development training section and discuss how that template can be scaled and implemented in fire departments of every size. They will discuss how, fundamentally, the fire service must change course and stop believing that officer development is a luxury that can occur as time and budgets allow.
Jason Abitz - Captain, Fairfax County, VA, Fire Rescue Department