Company Officer's Health & Safety Responsibilities

Credit Hours:  1
Approximate reading time: 0.5 Hours
Approximate online time: 0.5 Hours

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Program Abstract

This Self-Paced Program helps company officers understand their leadership role in the fundamentals of firefighter health and safety. These fundamentals include: personal commitment to health and safety, peer to leader transition, SOP enforcement, crew resource management, Everyone Goes Home® and the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives, Courage to Be Safe®, LACK, mental health and Stress First Aid (SFA), health and safety aspects of operational decisions, and After Action Review. This program is a "survey course," meaning it discusses a wide range of topics at only the awareness level of depth. For many topics, further training and resources are recommended. For new Company Officers, this training is part of navigating the transition from firefighter to Company Officer. For existing Company Officers, this training may be undertaken at any time during their tenure.

In the fire service, big transitions occur between firefighter to Company Officer and Company Officer to Chief Officer. That first transition, firefighter to Company Officer, is the firefighter's first step into a leadership role with direct responsibility for the health and safety of a crew. This transition has many facets and many opportunities to grow into a competent, respected officer. It also can be fraught with difficulty as the officer learns how to manage a crew and make life-altering decisions. This Self-Paced Program supports the existing fire officer education and training system by providing specific, credible information about the health and safety aspects of the company officer's responsibilities.

This Self-Paced Program is designed to be taken in tandem with the program "Communication & Mentoring for Company Officers."

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