What are the best characteristics of a leader on an emergency scene?
What are the best characteristics of a leader? On an emergency seat, first and foremost, you have to be knowledgeable. You have to know your job. You have to master your job and you have to be prepared for any situation that arises. No problem is too big or too small. Second, you have to maintain a cool head. You have to work the problem. You can't let the distractions that are of always there on an emergency scene to get, get your focus. You have to look at the big picture and you have to break it into pieces and parts and you have to make decisions, make assignments and get the work done. The other thing that's an important characteristic is you have to prepare you yourself, your crew, your personnel long before the emergency scene ever arrives. If you're not prepared in advance, you aren't going to figure it out. When you get there. So you have to train daily master your skills and you have to make sure that everybody that works for you are the best first responder firefighter EMT paramedic they can be. So once they all get on scene, they know what their job is. And it happens, see me seamlessly, almost unconsciously and that's some of the characteristics. I think are important for a leader, on an emergency C-section. See, hope, I answered your question.
Director - Illinois Fire Service Institute