It's the age old debate in the fire service of training vs. experiance. Is the older, more experianced firefighter with less training a better suit for a company officer than the highly trained, moderately experianced younger firefighter. I am currently facing this issue myself.
I joined the local fire department when I was 16 years old as a junior, acquiring my Firefigter 1 training around the time I turned 18 and became a front line firefighter. I am now 20 years old and currently hold my Level 1 and Level 2 firefighting, vehicle extrication, managing company tactical operations, ICS-100, Incident Safety Officer, Haz-Mat Ops, Traffic Management Guidelines, and Medical First Responder. I also have now been appointed at 1 of my departments 3 training officers as well as the strong possibility of becoming a Lieutenant on the 2nd due Engine company.
My main concern is that I will not be taken seriously with these roles by the older memebers of the department who although they do not have as much training as myself, have more experiance and more calls under their belt. Is it right for them to not take me seriously, or for myself to even hold such positions? How can I portray myself as knowledgable to an older group of firefighters who may not nessicarily agree or want to abide by new firefighting and rescue techniques? Is there anyone else who has faced or is facing the same issue?