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Nothing like a little freelancing to muck-up the best intended plans and strategies. It's bad enough when these individuals circumvent the chain of command to "help" where they please, but their blatant disregard for accountability and the safety of others is simply inexcusable!



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Comment by Nick Morgan on January 31, 2011 at 12:14pm
Great post Paul!  Right on target.
Comment by John K. Murphy on January 30, 2011 at 7:48am

Paul - right on. I've worked with attorneys on a couple of cases where freelancing by other firefighters put their brothers and sisters at risk. It is all about accountability, tighter command and control and above all, training, to reduce the number of freelancing incidents. These cases involved the deployment of positive pressure fans with firefighters already in the building working the fire with inadequate ventilation portals and insufficient water availability. They thought they were “helping” the situation and their actions contributed to flashover conditions.


Thanks for your insight and see you in March.


Be safe

Comment by Jeff Schwering on January 29, 2011 at 11:46am
I'm with you Paul, The members need to be accountable, first and foremost. I've seen to many bosses not be bosses. If you're an officer, be one. I do like the show 'em the back door. Many folks slip through the cracks, get off probation and then we're stuck with them for 20+ years. Accountability at all levels, not only stops freelancing, it makes a better department, IMHO See you in March Bro.
Comment by Paul Combs on January 28, 2011 at 8:47pm
Capt: I agree, but I feel the first level of accountability has to be with the individual - a little (if not a lot) of self control is warranted. We all want to be in the middle of the mosh pit, but we must perform our role at every scene according to the larger plan - whether we like what we're doing, or not! Obviously some can not control their urge to freelance, that's when the Officers need to bring down the hammer. If it continues, show'em the back door!
Comment by Jeff Schwering on January 28, 2011 at 8:34pm
Another nice job Paul! You hit on the biggest problem we face with these types of folks, accountability. The are not held accountable to themselves, their officers don't want to rock the boat or the Chiefs might give them a slap on the wrist if that. We are all accountable.It is the bosses job to prevent this behavior, time to step up to the plate. Great Job, Brother!

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