Executive Fire Officer Internship Report
I love shift work and being at the station with a crew. Moving to higher ranking positions provides numerous opportunities and challenges which will be exciting to accomplish but it can be lonely once you leave shift work. The crew becomes and extended family and a support system when needed. Promoting to any chief level job requires you to work more independently, without a crew. At the same time facing new challenges and accomplish goals provides you with a sense of pride and confidence. You will experience interpersonal growth from the challenges you face in these positions.
Meeting the goals that I have set for myself will not be an easy. It will take a great amount of focus, energy, discipline and drive. Reaching goals also takes some skills which will help keep me on track or get me back on track if I venture of course. The most important skill to have is resilience. Having the ability to cope, adapt, and overcome obstacles and set-backs is crucial for success. I need to remember that understanding challenges and failure provide opportunity to develop interpersonal …show more content…
Being a fire chief also requires commitment to the department, community and family. A fire chief must also have intellectual energy and ability to analysis concepts and problems. Not all problems have technical fixes and if so the fire chief needs to lead the department through adaptive change which test a fire chief’s ability to lead. Adaptive change requires experiments, new discoveries, and adjustments from numerous places in the organization (Heifetz & Linsky, 2002, p.