Fire Services Leadership and being a great leader in Fire Services

December 17, 2018

This month’s newsletter focuses on Leadership, being inspirational and developing a great team to support you in the Fire Services. Value can also be found, and may have a significant impact in your role, if you are a leader in other work areas or fields.

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Leaders who exhibit inspirational motivation show an ability to gain support for the leader's vision and values. ... Developing effective leaders in the fire service and keeping firefighters highly motivated is considered critical to the future of the fire service industry. Transformational leadership in the fire service - Fire Rescue 1

As FNESS staff travel throughout the province and deliver our workshops to communities, we find ourselves in front of Chiefs and Council, Housing Managers, O&M Managers, Fire Chiefs and more. The common goal for our workshops is to increase the community’s awareness of fire prevention activities and programs within the community.

FNESS‘s role is to support the programs in place or develop a programs that support the community in building networks and relationships for the continued support. We use the Governance workshop as “Foundational” so the leaders in the community have a comprehensive understanding of the programs that FNESS offers and an idea of the large amount of work involved in these programs.

As a leader you may find yourself asking “How do I get this done?”

Leaders identify at the large amount of work to be accomplished for the Community, and then focus on “Themselves” to motivate others and constantly look for personal improvements.  While empowering the team they supervise others to bring forward “Creative,” “Constructive,” and “Achievable “goals, and ideas, to accomplish the work ahead with positive energy and common goals for the team to reach together. "     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLqzYDZAqCI&t=2s                                                

 There are many to choose from but the following are 9 traits that make a great Fire Chief, Team Leader, and Manager that have been proven to be successful.

1.       Communicate. Share your vision with the team. ...

2.       Delegate. Effectively get work done with others to allows them to expand their capabilities. ...

3.       Resolve conflict. Become good at dealing with conflict situations. ...

4.       Accept responsibility. ...

5.       Make timely decisions. ...

6.       Address behavior. ...

7.       Listen to your team…

8.       Engage your team and others…

9.       Positive reinforcement….

  “A leader must be attentive to details, but not obsessed by them. They must be strong, but have endurance. A leader must be humble, but not passive. They must be close to subordinates, but not too close. A leader must exercise ‘extreme ownership’ but employ ‘decentralized command’. They must have nothing to prove, but everything to prove.” – Jocko Willink

Networking and always looking for improvements are what makes a good Leader great. Some great places to find networking opportunities are the Fire Chiefs Association of BC (FCABC) the Fire Services team encourages you to become a member of FNESS and receive a subscription to the FCABC. https://fcabc.ca/      

Other great sources for networking include:   Fire Prevention Officers BC http://www.fpoa.bc.ca/ 

BC Fire Training Officers Association https://www.bcftoa.com/     

Office Of The Fire Commissioner  https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/fire-safety/contact-us

There are many Leaders in the industry and in the Communities we live in.  As we identify the next generation of Leaders, we all thrive by being our personal best and doing our personal best for our team and our Communities. Pride and Ownership are the values in the Fire Services, but not unique to only the FireDdepartment. We see the passion in the communities we visit and the Fire Services team at FNESS would like to thank ALL for the great work we see.  Keep the passion going and lead your teams successfully to have a safer community for all to live in.

Stay Safe - Kynan O’Rourke FNESS Fire Services Manager