The Passion of Training

The Company Officer’s Moral Imperative

7:00 p.m. June 23
Virtual Presentation

Based on the book The Passion of Command by Colonel Bryan McCoy, this virtual presentation will discuss the moral imperative of the company officer, which is to prepare their crew functionally and effectively for their assigned roles. The trap of “check the box” training versus functional training is a serious one. The company officer must accept and live out the purpose of preparing their crew(s).

This presentation will introduce effective habits, strong guidelines for effective company preparation and an understanding of how stress and coordination must be built into training. Unfortunately, many times training is conducted to meet a mandate and not always for effect.

Using case studies and experiences to demonstrate where omissions in training have caused problems on the fireground. The company officer must understand that discipline is paramount – not punitive, of course, but discipline to task and preparation. The lack of feedback or of tangible results in many training scenarios leaves firefighters with an unfulfilling learning experience. This is key to giving them an understanding that training is for preparing them for real-world conditions and while all cannot be reproduced, the results should be communicated. The company officer is the key player in developing effective and disciplined companies with strong task knowledge and the ability to perform under adverse conditions.

Presenter David Bullard is a 22-year member of the fire service and currently serves as a Lieutenant and is co-assigned to the Training Division with the Columbia County (Georgia) Fire Rescue. He is a part-time firefighter with Grovetown (Georgia) DPS. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia State Firefighter’s Association, National Volunteer Fire Council State Director, Georgia Pipeline Emergency Response Initiative Board of Directors, NFPA’s Working Group on Flammable Refrigerants, Alternate to NFPA 1021 and 1056 Committees, and was Secretary of IFSTA’s Pumping Apparatus Driver Operator Third Edition Curriculum Committee. Bullard is a contributor to the Training Officer’s Desk Reference and is a Safety and Health Coordinator with HEPACO LLC. As an active instructor for the Georgia Fire Academy with Firefighter Basics, David is constantly engaged with teaching live fire, leadership, hazmat and Firefighter Survival/RIT classes.