Second due company
The Second Due Company
Which company is your second due? Is it that “go to company”? You know the one I’m talking about, the company that is always combat ready. The one that checks out their equipment first thing and trains on the basics until things become a habit. Every time the tones drop or alarm sounds, they bunker out completely and respond like they are going to the fire of the year. While enroute, they all know their assignment, they are aware of the area they are responding to, they know the construction of the buildings, they listen to the scene size-up and 360 report. They expect to find fire when they turn the corner and get off the apparatus with all the tools they need to do work. They want to be the next crew in the door and the last ones out.
Or is it that other company. Yes, that one! The one that when they are on scene it is evident that they do not train, even on the basics. They are uncomfortable in their PPE and don’t have it all on. They hang around the back of the command post so they are not picked for an assignment. And when they are picked they never seem to be combat ready, they always must go back to the truck to get needed equipment to perform the assigned task. They also seem to delay as much as possible so command will just pick another company (you know, that “go to company”). We all know a company like this. They are part of our department or maybe a mutual aid department. We struggle to deal with them and just take u
p their slack. When the call is over we complain or joke about their non-performance.
What should we be doing with that other company? Company officers should remember that just because they might have different bosses and belong to different departments that we all fall under the same leadership and have the same mission. You must work together and support each other as one team. You must overcome the other company mentality and support them. So ask yourself, how can your company help them accomplish the mission and make them a “go to company”?
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