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Learning to Lead: The Young New Officer

Matthew Going

Friday June 16, 2023 

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM 

This program is designed for the newly promoted young officer. You’ve taken all your classes, and time requirements are met. The exam is over, and you’ve been called in by the chief. You got the spot as an officer! Now what? 

 In a short hour, we will dissect what it means to be a young officer in this age of the fire service. It goes well beyond the call of duty for an emergency, as politicking and personnel issues become a daily occurrence. What sort of things are your responsibility? How should you conduct yourself around a new crew? Hear from others in similar situations through the lecture given.

Matthew Going 

 Matthew Going started his career in the fire service in 2013 as a volunteer at Due West Fire Rescue while attending Erskine College. He continued his career at Walhalla and Salem fire departments in Oconee County while attending graduate school, working his way to the rank of engineer. Moving to the Lowcountry in 2017, he dabbled in different career fields as a crisis counselor and police officer while working part-time for the fire service. Two years later, in 2019, he returned to the fire service and currently serves as a career captain/EMT with Dorchester County Fire Rescue. Matthew serves on the Special Operations Team at DCFR and also on South Carolina Task Force 1 as a Water Rescue Specialist. He earned two master’s degrees from Clemson University in Mental Health Counseling. He and his wife, Kyndal, happily reside in Moncks Corner, SC. 

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