Fire Officer 1
March 4, 2014
Why I Want To Be A Fire Officer
It will be fourteen year in May since the first time I said I wanted to be a fire officer. I remember being at the academy with my classmates as we talked about what we would like to accomplish in the fire department. One thing I said that echoes in the back of my mind is that I wanted to make a difference in the fire department and the community by bringing new innovated ideas and not trying to fix anything that’s not broken. Therefore, I set a long-term goal for one day to become a fire Chief.
After being assigned to Engine 2 out of the fire academy my goal was at a stand still. I wanted to learn, however, it was very little effort put in to teach new recruits at that time. Therefore, Instead of continuing my career there, I decided to move on and start over. As a result I put my transfer in for Engine 124 where they had a tradition of training firefighter into good leaders. Once I transferred, I told myself when I gain enough experience and become more qualified to be an officer is when I would study and sit for the officer exam.
During my time at Engine 2 I became more familiar with my job by working under and being mentored by my officer. I was taught how to be a good firefighter as well as being a good Acting Lieutenant. I also learned what it takes to be part of a team. As a result of being a new recruit and not getting adequate training, Additionally, I learned to be a good leader you must be a good teacher.
Now that I have almost fourteen years in the Fire department, roused through the ranks with in my unit to a first acting man, and while doing that gaining experience that makes me more qualified to be an officer. And for that reason, I think it’s time for me to continue my journey to fulfill my goal of becoming a chief in the Fire Department.
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