Often times, firefighters refer to themselves as “brothers” or ‘being a part of a ‘brotherhood’”
The crew you work with, essentially, becomes your second family (in some cases your first). For 24 hours, every 3rd day, you are with them. You see the best and you see the worst together.
It is important that firefighters work together in Harmony. Whatever else is going on at a personal level, you must know that whatever the situation is, your crew has your back and that everyone is doing their job. (this is true for police officers as well). The crew must work together like a well oiled machine.
When it comes to leadership, the job of the leader on a fire scene (whether that’s the captain, battalion chief, or whomever) isn’t to micro-manage or tell his crew how to do their job, but rather to make sure that everything is getting done as it needs to, nothing is being overlooked, and to make sure that everything and everyone is working in harmony.
Without harmony you are (of course) going to have chaos. -No one knowing what’s going on, what’s being done or what needs to be done.
It is important that each crew member do their job and do it well and should be able to trust that other members of the crew are doing the same for their respective jobs. If the crew isn’t working together in harmony there is something wrong.
Remember, your crew should work in HARMONY and Stay SAFE!!