“Are you Taking Care of Business?”
I was trying to come up with some stuff to motivate the troops today, and this concept suddenly hit me like a brick. Am I” Taking Care of Business?”
We all know (those who aren’t communist) that Elvis was the King of Rock and Roll. He had a symbol he began using later in his career. It was a lightning bolt with the letters TCB inside of it. This became his mantra, or better yet, his mission statement. We also know that is how he lived his life. Singing, living hard, and shooting TVs. The most important thing is that he took care of the people around him; his friends, his family, and even strangers off the street. Taking Care of Business. All of it.
I began to dissect my career as a Firefighter and an Officer. Am I following that three letter credo? Do I take care of the things I need to? I know that I try, but do I really do it? I know what I am supposed to do as a man, a husband, a father, and a Firefighter. I asked myself again, am I Taking Care of Business?
Well…I have to say that I think I am, but can I do better? Sure, we all can. In every aspect of our lives, but in this case, I mean your job. You know, THE JOB, the one that we all brag and swagger about being apart of. And rightly so; this profession is filled with the toughest, smartest, most dedicated, hard chargers I have ever had the privilege of working with.
That being said, are you Taking Care of Business? When you go in to work in the morning, are you ready to roll?
Firefighter: Are you prepared to start work NOW? Turnouts are good? Tools? SCBA? Radio? But most importantly, knowledge and attitude? TCB?
Engineer/Driver: Are you prepared to work the BIG ONE? Is your equipment in order? How’s the pump? Saws and tools? And again, knowledge and attitude? TCB?
Station Officer: Are your people prepared? Have you provided them the tools they need to not only save lives, but possibly their own, or their brother’s? Have you got the knowledge and attitude? TCB?
Chief Officers: Are all of your people ready to strap it on and fight the big one? Do you know the job, and your city? Do the folks on the big red trucks know that they can trust your knowledge and judgment? TCB?
It’s kind of like mojo. When you know what you’re doing and are confident, you develop that swagger we talked about. Let me tell you something else: it’s infectious. Pretty soon you’ll have a station full of hard chargers that refuse to take no for an answer and will TCB. I know that we talk about this kind of thing a great deal. There are great articles on this very topic by guys that have way better credentials, and more bugles, than me. My question is: What are you doing about it? Are you Taking Care of Business? Everyone’s performance and ability to function correctly, hinges on the next guy in the chain. We all are like a house of cards, or better yet, a truss. If one of us fails, we all fail. On the other hand, if we all work to make the unit stronger, more nails and better wood, we will only be stronger. Firefighters: help the new guys, they’re looking to you. Engineers: help train that firefighter to drive and pump. Officers: get those guys under you proficient, and also ready for the next step. Chief: you must prepare your people for the future of our profession and get them ready to take over one day. It’s the chain, mojo, swagger, and confidence, whatever you want to call it. It’s incumbent on us to make it happen. That my friends, is Taking Care of Business.
Captain, Franklin Fire Dept.
Member, Mid-Tenn FOOLS