I am a BIG believer in SOGs (or, SOPs depending on your Department). Standard Operating Guidelines are the foundation for how we approach most incidents and a baseline for what is expected of us as firefighters. Although it is up to ALL of us to follow and uphold our Department's SOGs, I'm putting this commentary on the Officers. Rules and guidelines are just frivolous words if they're not enforced, reviewed, and updated as needed. SOGs should be a living document that changes with the many challenges of today's firefighting, not a relic with outdated direction.
All that being said, it was a blast to tie in this month's commentary with my favorite time a year. NW Ohio turns into a magical place in the Fall and Halloween is just the icing on a techno-colored cake. I will be posting seasonal illustrations for the remainder of this year just to add a little spice and fun to my constant poking and prodding:) Happy (and safe) Halloween, everyone!!
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