From Jump Street To Front Street: The Transition From Fireman To Boss

The company officer is the most sought after spot in the fire service. The job holds an enormous amount of responsibility. It’s something you don’t realize until your sitting in that right front seat. If you think you wear those horns for yourself you’re mistaken. You wear them for your crew, company/Dept, and the public you serve. The transition from Fireman to Boss can be a tough one. It can be joyous, overwhelming, and frustrating all at once.  No matter how you got there, from jump, you need to establish your own style. This lecture offers knowledge about getting adjusted and finding your way through the transition. From the paperwork to the fire floor, and everything in between, gain insight on being fire service middle management as a newly promoted company officer. 

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Bobby Eckert

Bobby is a second generation Fireman from Collingswood, NJ, starting out as a junior at age 14. In 2006, after four years as a career Firefighter/ EMT, he left Collingswood to pursue a career in the Camden Fire Department. Bobby was assigned to Engine #9 for his first four years and did a year in Ladder 1 before being laid off in 2011. After returning from the layoff, he was assigned to Squad 7, the city’s busiest suppression unit. He remained there for five years until his promotion to Captain in February 2016. Bobby is a Pro Board Level II Instructor and has instructed at the county level for several years. He is currently wrapping up a B.S. in Public Safety Administration from Neumann University. Bobby is assigned to Engine #1 at Fire Headquarters.