Santa Clara County Fire Department, CA
Steve Prziborowski, a Firehouse contributing editor, has been in the fire service over 22 years, and is the deputy chief of administrative services for the Santa Clara County Fire Department in Los Gatos, CA, where he has worked since 1995. He is an instructor for the Chabot College (Hayward, CA) Fire Technology Program and was named the 2008 California Fire Instructor of the year. He is a state-certified chief officer and master instructor, and has Commission on Professional Credentialing chief fire officer and chief training officer designation. He has a master’s degree in emergency services administration and has completed the Executive Fire Officer Program. He is a regular presenter at fire service events around the country, such as Firehouse World and Firehouse Expo, and is the author of one promotional preparation book, How to Excel at Fire Department Promotional Exams, and two entry-level firefighter preparation books: Reach for the Firefighter Badge and The Future Firefighter’s Playbook.
- DFS 4-Instructor
Continuing Education Unit (CEU)
This session will help the future or newly promoted company or chief officer focus on the important things needed for immediate success in their new position. Congratulations on scoring high enough on the promotional exam to get promoted! However, are you really aware of what you’re getting yourself into by becoming a fire officer in today’s world? Regardless of what the department calls the position of fire officer: lieutenant, captain, battalion chief, shift supervisor, or some other similar term; going from being “buddy to boss” to the role of the designated adult is not easy, especially if you want to be a top-notch fire officer. As a newly promoted fire officer, it is critical to start off on the right foot. For some, this is the hardest transition in the fire service. The position of fire officer is probably the most important and challenging position in the fire service. Not being properly prepared for what you are getting into when you take that promotional examination and ultimately accept the fire officer badge, will increase your chances of having a difficult transition to the fire officer ranks.