Charles Angione, former Operations Chief for the City of Plainfield (NJ) Fire Department, author of Days and Nights of Fire, decorated 25-year line veteran, long time incident commander of note and National Fire Academy Alumnus writes in his column in Firefighting.com in part;
“….police lieutenants who sat at desks and worked on administrative support and supply functions were considered true leaders, while fire captains who got their hands dirty leading their people into fire buildings were somehow less so. Chief officers, the reasoning followed, should therefore be as far removed from firefighting as possible, where they are just too close to their men. Who knows how many lost structures, injuries and, perhaps, even fire deaths can be attributed to taking our most experienced and capable officers off the firefighting force….”
I encourage all persons in the fire service to read his (fire related) works including his book.