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Started by Will Vaigneur Mar 23, 2009.

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Comment by Kayce Cawthon-McCarty on May 28, 2010 at 11:13am
Picture caught my attention. Sometimes I really do wonder what possesses people to do things like this. Appreciate that he wants to help, but ...
Comment by Brandon Cunningham on April 8, 2009 at 7:58pm
Thoughts and prayers are with your friends immediate and fire deptartment families.
Comment by Brandon Cunningham on April 8, 2009 at 7:57pm
Thanks for the feedback, though there are apparent radical differences between DOD Dept.s & None, there's still some great learning to be done in engaging in your discussions.
Comment by Joshua Horton on April 6, 2009 at 2:07pm
I like the net idea
Comment by Will Vaigneur on April 6, 2009 at 2:05pm
If I had to make capital expenditures and had money to spend, I would secure land for future station sites. I think this would be a prudent move with the economics of our area. Prices and rates are down and that makes it a buyers market. Buy it in an area that if you choose not to build it will make a nice profit for something else. Land is still a very safe investment. Now, if you are talking about your budget, I would get me a ladder truck or an old timie catch net (like in the movies.) This way you will not have to watch people bounce off the pavement on your high rises, or future high rises.
Comment by Will Vaigneur on April 6, 2009 at 1:59pm
I tried to move this to a forum, but ya'll did not like that so I will post my 2 cents on the wall as well. I know you feel the same way Chief, but employees are "valuable and tangible" just not in accounting. Capital and fixed assests are items that can be liquidated. They have sell value. In pro sports their assets have trade value. In the fire service I have guys that I cannot give away much less trade or sell. With this said, no matter what you call your employees on the balance sheet, invest, invest, invest. The great thing is that your employees will never depreciate in value. Vehicles, buildings, computer system, all wear out or become out dated, not people, but I would think you continue to still list this under the training budget line item.
Comment by Joshua Horton on April 6, 2009 at 1:35pm
Other than being a juggling act and usually is one of the highest line items after salaries, I do not know why the are always under??? I have never given thought about putting it in capital improvements or fixed assets. I can hear the argument though, " fixed assets have to be something of value and tangible"
I hear where you are coming from though, they are the most important resource or asset if you will. As far as us we try to purchase items that are task or response specific. Multi-task specific is a bonus but not necessary. Thanks for taking the time to engage we can all learn from each other. Stay Safe!!
Comment by Brandon Cunningham on April 5, 2009 at 9:58pm
Not meaning to steer away from the original question, but In my humble opinion that's a great issue to discuss! Why is it that training typically falls under Operating Budgets(?) Can personnel training/upgrading not be a legit CIP(?) Especially if our Personnel are our most valuable resources and if training is indeed the back bone of the fire service....(?)
RE: the original question....not sure how things run in your jurisdiction(specifically Haz-Mat response/taskings) but allocating funds for maintanence,purchasing,recalibrating,...etc. of detection and monitoring equipment is a good one for us on the DOD instilations.
Thanks for the thougths and prayers! Brayden had his last chemo treatment this past monday and is doing great!!
Comment by Joshua Horton on April 5, 2009 at 8:40pm
Great thought and while training budgets are never what they should be they always seem to be at the front of the line when it comes to the chopping block. However, fixed assets are like new bunker gear replacements, some new tools or for lack of a better terms right now some new gadget we can't live without. by the way how is the little one? Great I hope! You and him have been in my thoughts!
Comment by Brandon Cunningham on April 5, 2009 at 8:25pm
Whats goin on everyone? Hows things? Hey Chief Horton....what about Personnel Continuing Education....Training Classes.....etc.?

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