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An indicator of the state of your shift/station

toilet paper

I am sure you are wondering how a picture of a roll of toilet paper can tell you about your shift or station, but hear me out.

We know that in order to be the very best we can be that it takes hard work and attention to detail. Not checking your equipment, not training, not cleaning your tools after use all build up over time to disaster. Usually the reason we pay little attention to these things is because we continue to get by. Your more likely to not check your SCBA if you got away with it.

In that same breath for the company officers out there, if you know your people are not doing something, like checking their SCBA at the beginning of the shift and you don’t correct them then you are basically saying it is ok.

So what’s the point?

They say integrity is how you act when no one is looking. I will also add that discipline is also how you act when no one is looking. Whoever did this was too selfish, or lazy to do something is simple as put more paper on the roll. Too some this may seem like no big deal, however to me when I see this I wonder what else is this person letting slip by? If this person is not willing to place paper back on the role (a simple task) are they cutting corners on the BIG STUFF? Will this person make sure the engine is full of water after a car fire? The water can is full after a small rubbish fire? The 4×4’s get put back after a medical run? The questions are endless because by failing to do the simple things we have now opened and endless possibility of what this person may or may not do.

Now no one is perfect and we are all subject to lazy, and even selfish tendencies, however consistent behaviors such as this can cause a great deal of trouble that may manifest itself on the fireground. It starts with the toilet paper, but where does it end?

Is this a sign of the apocalypse? I do not think so, but it is something to make you start to pay attention to what it is your crew and or shift is doing while you’re in the office. I don’t mean micro managing, but actually being a part of the shift and if seeing something you feel is getting missed pulling that person aside and clearly explaining why the task they missed is an important one, and why it must be accomplished.

Bottom line is do not let you butt get caught with no toilet paper!!!!!!

As usual thanks for reading, spread the word, and STAY SAFE!

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