We have a “tradition” based firehouse in my city. It is in a busy area with lots of good work to be done. Keeping it “traditional” requires the chain of command to continually assign new recruits (relatives) to this house. So as time has gone on it has developed an “us versus the rest of the department” attitude. A high percent of the firefighters have a small amount of time on the job. The firefighters actively run officers out of the house if they feel the officer is not adequately qualified (related).
So….This is my question to the 3000ish people that read this.
If you as an officer get assigned to this house how do you handle the following:
1. The firefighters in the house.
2. The chain of command that will be overly involved in your day to day business.
3. The overall atmosphere involved.
Classic start tight and then go light theory.
We will follow “the book” word for word as much as possible. Document every stupid little infraction. I believe doing this will help keep the in-laws at bay and also have a written history of my and the firefighters actions incase this becomes a bigger issue, which it may.
I would like to go out training as much as possible within the constrains of the written rules. The high frequency of training, pre-fire planning, district familiarization will hopefully keep them focused on the real reason they are at this firehouse 2X’s a week.
We would check the apparatus and do firehouse maintenance as a crew, all members involved, no excuses.
If this plan does not work I’m sure I’ll hear about it. If it does work on the other hand then we can lower the frequency of the additional training.
It sounds a bit romantic and overly simple. Let me know your thoughts.