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So, you are the Captain responsible for staffing your shift. You have multiple stations and 5 vacancies due to vacation time, sick time and "Kelly" days.

Rather than wait until the last minute, and "order" 5 Firefighters to stay that are just finishing up their 24 shift, you choose to plan ahead.

You need a driver for the engine that you happen to be on. You have made about 50 phone calls to Firefighters and Engineers (Drivers) during your off days and are unable to find anyone that wants overtime. (There are many reasons for this, but it really does not matter now).

Now, you have exhausted that many, you decide to ask the Officers and find a Captain who is willing to work. He has about 15 years on the job, qualified by the state to drive and has been an Engineer. He is responsible, has a passion for the job and is capable and willing to work. He adjusts his schedule, and shows up to work.

Now, with all this information, during your shift you are involved in a minor wreck with a pedestrian vehicle, while responding to a fire. No one is hurt, and the driver was doing everything properly. This is confirmed by a witness in a written statement to PD.

So, here's the question(s)........

Was your decision the right one to have this Captain drive?
Would it have been better to have a Firefighter (without certification) drive?
Do you deserve to be repremanded by the Chief for this decision?

I look forward to the answers!
Greg

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