I hope everyone is getting to enjoy the holiday. Unfortunately for me I’m at work again tonight. I work for a correctional facility as a “Medic”, so tonight is sure to be interesting to say the least. I’ve been fairly fortunate in the past in having St. Patty’s off, unfortunately due to needing off next weekend to go to New York, I had to work this one.
A buddy of mine is going with me up to NYC next week. His cousin works for the FDNY, so we’re going to visit him and hopefully get to hang out and talk with those Brothers for a while. He’s been planning the majority of the trip since he’s been up there before (this will be my first ever trip to New York), so I’m not exactly sure what sites I’m going to be getting to see. I’m excited to say the least!!
The fire house has been busy the last few weeks with both calls and paperwork. I’m in the process of trying to identify and plan for my Training budget request for 2012-2013. So far it’s been a mess. I’m trying to involve the members in process by getting them to talk to me about what kind of training they need or want in the next year as well as what kind of fire ground/training experiences they have. Out of 25 active members, I’ve only heard from 3. As a member and an officer, I’ve grown tired of aimless, BS, last minute training that was not effective. I’m attempting to do better than that, but I’m having trouble due to the fact that I can’t get the members motivated to help themselves. If anyone has any suggestions on how to help motivate members when it comes to training, I’m all ears.
Recruitment for our department has gone to the way side in the last year or so due to a variety of reasons. We’re currently in the process of getting our department website back up and running and updated on a regular basis, as well as planning on going to local colleges and high schools to try to recruit from there. Something that I’ve been interested in trying to get going for a while now is a Live-In program. I’ve noticed other departments have had great success with such programs, and want to try to see if such a program could take off here as well. If any one has any first hand knowledge, or has SOPs about such programs, I’d love to talk to you about it.
Everyone enjoy what’s left of the evening. Have a drink for me, but don’t drive!