I belong to a volunteer fire department ive been in for 9 years im the training officer asstint..the moral and commradship is VERY low in our dept....people are fighting with other people... a lot of talking behind peoples backs...etc,,,etc....but at a fire scene everyone works well togeather.im getting very sick of it almost to the point of Quitting or going on a leave of absence...We are having an elections of officers coming up in December not sure if this is the problem or what....im hoping that someone can give me some suggestions on how to fix this or lead me in the right  direction..we just got a good recruitment of new firefighters of 10+.....i would hate to see the new ones learn this way



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As an Officer you have to stop the rumors, and talk as you get wind of it. "Bustin balls" is part of the firefighter tradition, but when it comes to kill morale, it's not bustin balls, it's malicious. One thing my dept does, is, after training we'll have hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. Yeah the probie gets to cook and run around for the pitchers of drinks. But EVERYONE eats together. As my 1st asst Chief would say, "What? You cant eat with the brothers?" Think about your family, how do you keep them happy and working together? I'm a big advocate of the FDNY, and the traditions they hold close to them keep them working together and happy. When a problem starts, the Company Captain or Lieutenants find the answer to the problem, and end the issue. It might be as simple as, "Some times you have to agree to disagree on this topic or issue. But when it comes to getting the job done, you will follow your training."
If you are the assistant Training Officer than develop some training that encourages teamwork and as far as your new cadets, as a Training Officer their moral is your issue. Keep them focused and out of the sewing circles of your department.

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